Division, Maiduguri has restricted movement across Borno State during the Sallah festival.

The restriction was contained in a statement by the Deputy Director, Army Relations, 7 Division, Maiduguri, Colonel Tukur Ismail Gusau yesterday.

 The statement reads: “The public in Borno State is informed that a restriction on vehicular movements will be observed during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations throughout the state.

“All movements using vehicles, bicycles and animals in Maiduguri will be restricted as from Wednesday 5:00pm (1700hrs)  September 23.

“Similarly, all vehicular movements into and out of Maiduguri town will also be restricted within the period till further notice.

The statement added that the decision was a measure to ensure that the people enjoyed a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

Many markets within Maiduguri were filled with residents making last minute shopping.

The police in Yobe State have banned movement in and across the state.

A statement by the command’s spokesman, Toyin Gbadegesin, said: “There shall be restriction on vehicular movement on Sallah eve within the state with a total ban on the use of tricycles from 6pm on September 23 to 2pm on September 24.

“There shall be no vehicular movements except of essential service providers i.e security, medical, emergency. No means of conveyance whatsoever shall be allowed 500 meters to the prayer grounds.

“No handbags, luggage, or containers shall be allowed 500 meters to the prayer grounds.

“Women are advised to keep their dressing simple and moderate for ease of security checks.

“Worshippers are advised to arrive the prayer grounds early enough to avoid rushing in at the eleventh hour without being checked.”

The statement also added that the following routes which include Damaturu-Potiskum- Maiduguri road stretch; Damaturu-Gasshua road stretch; Damaturu-Gujba road stretch; Gashua-Damaturu road stretch and Nguru-Emir’s Palace roundabout road shall not be available to vehicular traffic until after 2pm today.

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