Maiduguri, the capital of Borno, Nigerian’s north-east state began a two day restriction of vehicular movements today, Jan. 1st, and tomorrow, Jan. 2nd.
Today and tomorrow has been declared work free days in Nigeria for the observance of the New year and Eid-El-Maulud respectively. The restriction began at 6 a.m. today and will be in force till 6 p.m on Friday.
The spokesperson for the 7 Division of Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman, said that it was for the prevention of any security breach during the holidays.
The two day restrictions was not for vehicular movement alone. Horses, bicycles, motorcycles and tricycles were in total ban for the said period, to make sure that no excuse for any breakdown of orders and to ensure adequate protection of lives and properties in the state.
Northeast Nigeria has been continually attacked by Boko Haram. The terrorist group targeted churches during previous festive seasons.
More than 2,000 civilians have been killed by Boko Haram in 2014. The kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the group eight months ago from the town of Chibok in Borno has sparked international outrage.