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Friday 19th October 2018,
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Curfew In Maiduguri Reduced To 11 Hrs, GSM Networks Restored


The Borno State Government has reviewed the 24-hour curfew in Maiduguri, the state capital, and also some indications have emerged that GSM networks have been restored in the troubled state.

The curfew is now to last from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

During a closed-door meeting between government officials and security agencies on Tuesday it was decided to review the curfew, the Secretary to the State Government, Baba Jidda, said in a statement.

It will be recalled that GSM networks have been grounded since May when a state of emergency was declared in Borno.

However, the residents of Maiduguri have already begun to receive weak signals on their phones.‬

The two directives are believed to be part of the decisions reached to forestall the kind of attack that occurred in Maiduguri on Monday morning.

For the first time since the Boko Haram started their operations in 2010, the group targeted aircraft; and, according to the Nigerian military, ‘incapacitated’, five Nigerian Airforce aircraft.

The insurgents attacked an Airforce base and some Army formations, and the Maiduguri International Airport on Monday. It was later reported that 24 of the insurgents had been killed.

The civilian casualty in the attack is yet to be ascertained. The Monday attack prompted the 24 hour curfew in Maiduguri.

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