Deadly Attacks: Wike imposes curfew at all land borders in Rivers

Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers has imposed curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. at all entry and exit points with neighbouring states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Imo.

Wike announced in a state broadcast on Tuesday the curfew, which will take from Wednesday night, was necessitated by recent breaches and deadly attacks.

“The Government of Rivers State has decided to restrict night in and out of the state from the land borders of the state.

“Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed and no person or vehicle is allowed in and out of Rivers State from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from Wednesday, 28 April further notice.

“We wish to advise those who have any legitimate need or reason to into or go out of the State must do so before 8.00 p.m. when the curfew shall into force daily,” the governor said.

He stated agencies had posted to monitor and enforce strict compliance with the curfew at all borders, entry and exit points with Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Imo states.

He said on April 24, innocent officers of  Customs, Police and Civil Defence on duty along the – Owerri expressway were ambushed and gruesomely murdered in cold blood by attackers.

“Similarly on Sunday, the state witnessed another deadly attack and killing of officers and men of the Nigerian Army right at Abua town in Abua Odual Local Government Area,” he said.

Wike stated that the agencies were investigating these attacks with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice, expresing that nobody  knew where and when the next attack would take place.

“Neither do we also know the motives of the deranged characters or groups behind these senseless assaults on our state and the lives of security operatives working to us safe and secure.

“However, what is obvious is that the attackers and sponsors are people who came from outside Rivers State.

“As a government, we are determined to doing everything within our powers to prevent re-occurrence of such murderous acts aimed at creating an atmosphere of gross insecurity and panic among citizens.

“In view of ’s implications on the security of the state and citizens, and in discharge of our constitutional responsibility, the government has decided to impose restrictions.

“The restrictions would affect into and out of the state from the land borders of the state,”he said.

The governor urged all citizens of the state to be vigilant and report every useful intelligence or suspicious to the security agencies for immediate action.

He also advised the people to understand that these are strange times and nothing could be more paramount than collective safety and security. (NAN)