Anambra Government Declares Curfew In Communities Ravaged By Terrorists

The affected areas are Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North and Orumba South.

The Governor of Anambra State in Southeast Nigeria, Charles Soludo, has declared curfew in seven local government areas ravaged by terrorists under the banner of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). 

The affected areas are Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North and Orumba South.

He said the curfew, which takes effect from Friday, will be in force until normalcy returns to the affected areas.

“With effect from tomorrow, Friday, 26th May, 2022, a 6 p. m. to 6 a. m. curfew is hereby placed on motorcycles (okada), tricycles (keke), and shuttle buses in Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Governments until further notice,” he said in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday.

“No part of Anambra State (house, bush or forest) shall be used as camps for these criminals. Anyone with a gun in a camp is considered a criminal in Anambra State, and the government and people will work with security agencies to flush them out,” he added. 

Soludo’s declaration of curfew comes three days after terrorists killed a 39-year-old woman, Harira Jubril and her four kids named Fatima, Aisha, Hadiza, and Zaituna, in Orumba LGA

HumAngle recalls that six other commercial motorcycle riders were also reportedly killed at Onocha LGA, and their bodies were said to be deposited in the morgue on Sunday evening. 

Ikenga Tochukwu, the Police Spokesperson in Anambra State, said the security operatives would investigate the cause of the killings. 

The latest incident has triggered public outrage on social media as many Nigerians called on the government to take necessary measures to end insecurity.

Multiple sources told HumAngle that the incidents have since forced many out of their homes because of fear of follow up attacks.

Declared as a terror group in 2018, IPOB, a separatist organisation, is demanding the creation of an independent state of Biafra in the Old Eastern Region of Nigeria, comprising the current Southeast and South-south regions. 

They usually enforce sit-at-home orders to demand the release of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in detention and charged with treasonable felony, unlawful possession of arms, and illegal importation of broadcast equipment at a Federal High Court in Abuja. 

There have been concerns about the violent activities of the non-state actors that have eclipsed communities and cities in the regions.

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