Amid worsening insecurity, Rivers State Security Council on Thursday imposed a curfew on the 23 Local Government Areas of the State with immediate effect.
Governor Nyesom Wike, announced this in a broadcast on Thursday, saying the decision was taken after an exhaustive deliberation by the State Security Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
The governor said that in taking such a drastic measure at this time, the State government’s singular intention is to secure the State and guarantee the protection of lives and property.
According to him, on 28th April 2021, the State Security Council, in consideration of the recent murderous attacks on security personnel in Ikwerre and Abua/Odual Local Government Areas had imposed a night-time curfew on all entry and exit points with Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Imo States.
The governor in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri stated that after a review of the present security situation said there are possibilities of further deadly attacks on hard and soft targets across the State, saying the curfew was from 10 pm to 6 am.
“Accordingly, the State Security Council has, today, after exhaustive deliberation, decided and advised that a state wide curfew on human and vehicular movements be imposed as part of additional measures to prevent the faceless criminals from unleashing their deadly actions.
“Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed on the entire 23 Local Government Areas of the State prohibiting any human and or vehicular movement within or any part of the State from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from today 29th April 2021 until further notice,” Wike said.
The governor urged residents to be vigilant and report all suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to the security agencies.