Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said the state’s security council has imposed a curfew on the 23 Local Government Areas of the State with effect from Thursday.
Governor Wike, who disclosed this in a statewide broadcast on Thursday, 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 28th 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.
According to the governor, after a review of the present security situation, there are possibilities of further deadly attacks on hard and soft targets across the State, saying the curfew was from 10 pm to 6 am.
“Accordingly, the State Security Council has, today, after exhaustive deliberation, decided and advised that a state wide curfew on human and vehicular movements be imposed as part of additional measures to prevent the faceless criminals from unleashing their deadly actions.
“Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed 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 stated.
Wike however stressed 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.
He also called on everyone in the state to be vigilant and promptly report every suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to the security agencies for immediate actions.