JOS, Nigeria, Nov. 27 (Xinhua)
Nigerian troops operating in central north Plateau State has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of the state to dusk-to-dawn.
The Military Special Task Force (STF) on Thursday imposed a 24-hour curfew on the area in wake of the civil disturbances to stem the hostilities from spreading to other parts of the state.
Spokesperson for the troops Capt. Charles Ekeocha told reporters on Sunday in Jos, the state capital that the review of the curfew was as a result of the conviction of the Force that normalcy had returned to the area.
“In view of the normalcy that has returned to the troubled area, the curfew is now from 6 p.m. local time to 6 a.m. local time as from Nov. 27,” he added.
The STF had arrested 163 persons on Friday over the violence in the area which started on Sunday in which people were officially confirmed killed.
Ekeocha, while parading the suspects in Jos on Friday, said that six of those arrested had been handed over to the State Criminal Investigation Department in connection with the killing of a police inspector and his family.
He told reporters that 10 of the suspects were arrested with lethal weapons,among them a telescopic-barrel rifle, four single- barrel guns and two AK-47 rifles.
The spokesperson confirmed that many people were killed while no fewer than 10 houses were burnt in the renewed disturbances in the area.
Ekeocha reminded the residents of Barkin Ladi that the curfew imposed on the area was still in force, saying that it would only be lifted on the restoration of law and order.