- Governor Wike has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in some parts of Rivers state after failure to abide by the market closure directive
- The Rivers state governor stated that any traditional ruler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed
- Wike also announced the immediate suspension of the council chairman of Obio/Akpor local government area and his deputy for failing to implement his directive on the closure of markets
The capital city of Rivers state, Port Harcourt, is now under lockdown as Governor Nyesome Wike imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in some parts of the city.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents of parts of Port Harcourt were forced off the streets on Tuesday, March 31, by security personnel who are enforcing the governor's directive.
Legit.ng gathers residents who went out as early as 6am were driven back by security personnel in some parts of the city.
Some residents in the affected areas told NAN that they woke up to see that stern-looking security personnel had taken over their streets.
Only essential workers such as medical personnel and those working in the food and beverages sector, oil and gas sector and the media are allowed to go out.
Governor Wike said the curfew was imposed after the residents failed to abide by the directive on the closure of markets.
The Rivers state governor added that all beer parlours and public drinking joints have now been closed, warning that any house or property still used as beer parlours or public drinking joints will be acquired by the government.
Governor Wike also stated that any traditional ruler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed just as he announced the immediate suspension of the council chairman of Obio/Akpor local government area and his deputy for failing to implement government’s directive on the closure of markets.
He said further violation of the directive for markets to remain closed would attract a state-wide curfew.
The River state governor said his administration was considering to set up food markets across the state.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Rivers government in a move to check the spread of coronavirus within the state announced that all routes leading into the state such as air, sea, and land would be closed to traffic, beginning 6 pm, on Thursday, March 26.
This was revealed on Wednesday, March 25, by the state governor in a broadcast.
He said that the preventive measures had become necessary in light of recent developments in the country.
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