The Rivers State Governor, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has imposed an 8pm to 6am curfew at all entry and exit points of the states.
The neighboring states affected includes; Abia State, Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, and Imo State.
Security agencies have been posted to monitor and enforce strict compliance.
Wike announced in a state broadcast on Tuesday April 27 2021 that the curfew, which will take effect from Wednesday night, was necessitated by recent security breaches and deadly attacks.
“The Government of Rivers State has decided to restrict night movements 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 pm to 6:00 am from Wednesday, 28 April until further notice.
“We wish to advise that those who have any legitimate need or reason to come into or go out of the State must do so before 8:00 pm when the curfew shall come into force daily.”
He stated that security agencies had been posted to monitor and enforce strict compliance with the curfew at the entry and exit points of all borders, which includes; Abia State, Akwa Ibom State, Bayelsa State, and Imo State.
Wke said on April 24, innocent officers of Customs, Police, and Civil Defence on duty along the Port Harcourt-Owerri expressway were ambushed and gruesomely murdered in cold blood by armed attackers.
Stating in parts he said:
“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.
He stated that the security agencies were investigating these attacks with a view to bring the perpetrators to justice, expressing 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 keep us safe and secure.
“However, what is obvious is that the attackers and their sponsors are people who came from outside Rivers State.
“As a government, we are determined to doing everything within our powers to prevent recurrence of such murderous acts aimed at creating an atmosphere of gross insecurity and panic among citizens.
“In view of its 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 movements into and out of the state from the land borders of the state.”
The governor urged all citizens of the state to be vigilant and report every useful intelligence or suspicious movements to the security agencies for immediate action, buttressing that these are strange times and nothing could be more paramount than their collective safety and security.