BY ERIC DUMO
Following attacks by gunmen on the Imo State Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Prison, the governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has imposed a curfew on Aba and Umuahia communities.
The curfew becomes effective between 10:00pm and 6:00am daily “till further notice”, Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, said in a statement.
Abia is bordered by Imo to the West.
Scores of vehicles were razed on Monday morning when gunmen attacked Owerri and freed at least 1,500 inmates.
The hoodlums also freed suspects in almost all cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command.
Reacting in a statement on Monday afternoon, Kalu said, “The governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10:00pm and 6:00am daily from today, Monday, 5th April, 2021 till further notice.
“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.
“Security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the directive. Only those on essential services with proper identification are exempted from the curfew.
“We urge traditional rulers, men of the State Homeland Security Team and Community Vigilante Services in the state 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.”