The police command in Borno has announced the restriction of vehicular movement in Maiduguri as part of measures to ensure security during the Eid prayer marking the Sallah celebration.
A statement signed by the spokesman for the command, Edet Okon, said the police took the measure to ensure people’s safety.
“In view of the forthcoming Eid-el-Kabir celebration, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bello Makwashi, wishes to inform residents of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Jere Local Government Area that there will be restriction of vehicular movement until 12:00 p.m. on Sallah day.
The restriction will affect all motor vehicles, tricycles, bicycles, wheelbarrows, and carts. Therefore, worshippers are advised to arrive early at prayer grounds nearest to them for security screening to avoid rush or stampede.
Also, owing to the ravaging effects of the Coronavirus, they are further advised to ensure the use of face masks, observe social distancing, and other safety measures put in place by the government,” he said.
It said bags and sharp objects would not be allowed at prayer grounds and urged parents and guardians to monitor their wards to avoid missing children.
While calling for cooperation, the police advised the public to be vigilant, report any suspicious persons, activities, or objects to the police and other security agencies.