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Abia Governor Imposes Curfew As Insecurity Worsens In Southeast

The government of Abia State, Southeast Nigeria has imposed a curfew in two major cities to protect the lives and properties of residents as insecurity heightens in the state.

Residents of Umuahia and Aba metropolis in Abia State, Southeast Nigeria, have been instructed to stay indoors between the hours of 10 p.m to 6 a.m with effect from Monday, April 5 till further notice.

Okezie Ikpeazu, the State Governor, imposed a curfew on Monday which he said was as a result of security reports received from multiple sources.

The development was made known in a statement released by John Kalu, the state’s Commissioner for Information.

Kalu, however did not give details of the security reports but noted the decision was to continuously protect innocent citizens of the state.

“This is sequel to security reports received from multiple sources, and informed by the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of the state,” he said. 

Security agencies in the state were directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the curfew. 

Essential service providers with proper identification were however exempted from the curfew.

Traditional rulers, state security teams and community vigilantes in the state were urged to monitor movement of persons within their respective domains and take necessary measures to protect the people and their property.

“All law abiding citizens are advised to go about their normal duties, outside the curfew period, without fear of molestation as the security architecture of the state is robust enough to guarantee their safety.”

There has been a spate of attacks on security operatives and facilities in southeastern states in Nigeria 

The police had last week announced that they had arrested 15 persons alleged to be behind a series of attacks against security forces in the southern part of Nigeria.

Mohammed Adamu, Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police Monday said those behind the early morning attack on a correctional facility in Imo State and Police Headquarters in the state were members of the proscribed separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Adamu said the invasion was carried out by the Eastern Security Network, an IPOB outfit. Several inmates were freed in the attack.

Also on Monday afternoon, HumAngle reported that the assailants continued with an attack on a military checkpoint along the Owerri-Onitsha highway.

Several communities in Ebonyi State were invaded last week by shooters resulting in the deaths of over 15 persons.

In March, police officers and prison officials were attacked multiple times in Anambra, Akwa Ibom, Cross-River, Abia states.

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