The curfew would not last from 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.
The Nigerian military has extended the curfew imposed on two local governments in Adamawa State by four hours. The curfew in Mubi North and Mubi South, which was from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., has been extended to 7:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This is contained in a statement by the spokesperson of the 23rd Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Captain M.A. Umar. Unlike Borno and Yobe (who like Adamawa are under emergency rule), it is the military and not the state government that announces curfew.
It is not clear if the new directive in Mubi is related to the Monday attack in Maiduguri by Boko Haram members on military facilities, leading to the damage of five military aircraft.
Mr. Umar said the military appreciated the cooperation of the residents of the affected areas, and urged the residents to go about their daily lives within the time allowed for movement.
Mubi North and South are border communities to Cameroon; and are known to have been areas of refuge for members of the outlawed Boko Haram.
The increased restriction of movement in Mubi comes a couple of weeks after mobile telephone networks were completely shut in the areas. The networks were shut after the federal government extended the State of Emergency in the three affected states last month.
Residents of Mubi are already complaining about the telephone cut-off and the increased restriction of movement.
“Life has not been the same for people living in this area,” David Musa, a trader resident in the area said.
“The work is extremely difficult with the shutdown of internet services and cell phone networks.”
Another resident, Fatima Musa said, “The situation is strikingly different here in Mubi. We are now groaning in the midst of heavily armed military personnel and restricted movement.”
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