The announcement is contained in a statement issued in Umuahia on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information, Chief John Kalu.
Kalu stated that “the directive was necessitated by the security reports received from multiple sources and the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of Abia”.
It stated that only persons on essential services with proper identification were exempted from the curfew.
“We urge traditional rulers, men of the State Homeland Security Team and Community Vigilance Services to monitor movement of persons within their respective domains,” Kalu added.
He also admonished them to take necessary measures to protect people’s lives and property.
The commissioner advised “law abiding citizens to go about their normal duties, outside the curfew period, without fear of molestation”.