The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10pm and 6am daily from today, April 5 till further notice.
A statement from the state commissioner of information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu said that the curfew had become inevitable following security reports received from multiple sources, which brought the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of the state.
The statement said that security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the directive, adding that only those on essential services with proper identification are exempted from the curfew.
“We urge traditional rulers, men of the State Homeland Security Team and Community Vigilante Services in the state to monitor movement of persons within their respective domains and take necessary measures to protect the people and their property.”
The state government advised all law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses, outside the curfew period, without fear of molestation as the security architecture of the state is robust enough to guarantee their safety.