Rivers governor, Wike, extends curfew in 23 local government areas over insecurity

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Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has extended the night curfew across the 23 local government areas of the state from 7:00pm to 6:00am with effect from Tuesday.

This move is aimed at stemming attacks on security formations in the state, the governor said, adding that the decision was taken in the wake of multiple armed ambushes on police checkpoints along the East-West Road, which resulted in the killing of seven police officers over the weekend.

Wike in a state-wide broadcast on Monday, said the state’s security council had reviewed the way and manner the recent attacks were executed and discovered that the perpetrators, who disguised as security officers, moved in unhindered from Oyigbo to launch the attack.

The governor’s broadcast was relayed to journalists in Port Harcourt, the state capital, by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, on Monday.

The governor said, “However, as a further step towards enhancing our collective safety, we have reviewed the existing night-time curfew across the 23 local government areas, which will now start from 7:00pm and end at 6:00am until further notice from tomorrow 11th May 2021.

“The security agencies are hereby directed to note the new curfew time, ensure strict compliance and effectively deal with any person or group that violates or attempts to violate it.

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“We have reviewed, and for the moment, declined the pressure on the state government to activate our youth to defend the state from these terrorists because we don’t want to complicate our very delicate security situation by creating opportunities for some other monsters to emerge.

“We wish to assure every resident that we are not intimidated by the sporadic and cowardly attacks on predetermined security targets by faceless criminals on our soil; neither will we be cowed into succumbing to a baseless and doomed secessionists agenda.”

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