29th April, 2021
By Okafor Ofiebor /Port Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed statewide curfew on the state based on advise of the security Council over threat of attack.
Wike, in a statewide broadcast, said the ‘Security Council has imposed consequently, a night curfew 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 decision to impose curfew on the entire State was taken after an exhaustive deliberation by the State Security Council at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday.
The governor recalled that on 28 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.
He said after a review of the present security situation, the governor said there were possibilities of further deadly attacks on hard and soft targets across the State.
To this end, he said it has become imperative for the state government to take further necessary measures to secure the State and safeguard lives and property.
“Accordingly, the State Security Council has, today, after exhaustive deliberation, decided and advised that a statewide curfew on human and vehicular movements be imposed as part of additional measures to prevent the faceless criminals from unleashing their deadly actions,” he said.
Wike emphasised that in taking these and other drastic measures at this time, the state government’s singular intention was to secure the State and guarantee the protection of lives and property.
The governor urged everyone in the State to be vigilant and promptly report every suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to the security agencies for immediate actions.