Protests: Gov Ikpeazu imposes curfew on Abia state

Protests: Gov Ikpeazu imposes curfew on Abia state

- Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia, in Abia state

- The Abia statement government in a statement said the decision was taken after a policeman was killed in the state

- The statement also revealed that a police station was burnt down by rampaging hoodlums

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Abia governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has imposed a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia, the state capital.

The decision of the governor was informed by the alleged killing of a policeman on Monday, October 20 by suspected thugs around Azikiwe road by in Aba.

Daily Sun reports that the hoodlums numbering over 30 also burnt down a police station in the commercial city of the southeast state.

Protests: Gov Ikpeazu imposes curfew on Abia state
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has imposed a curfew on Abia state. Photo credit: @GovernorIkpeazu
Source: Twitter

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A government press statement signed by the commissioner for information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu read in part:

“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agents to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums, pursue a swift and complete recovery of the stolen arms and ammunition with the necessary vigour, and ensure the cultists are comprehensively flushed out.
“To ensure the continued security of lives and property of law-abiding citizens, the governor has also directed the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia from 6 pm today till further notice.
“Furthermore, Governor Ikpeazu has approved a cash reward of N5m to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the hoodlums and armed cultists.
“This is in addition to the approval of a reward of N1m for each authentic video evidence on brutality and extra-judicial killings by security agents in the state submitted to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry being inaugurated to investigate the incidents.”

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Meanwhile, in Akwa Ibom, the state executive council has cautioned against the politicization or hijack of the #EndSARS protests in the state.

The council also urged all citizens to commit the country to prayers and engage in activities and discourse that will magnify Nigeria's unity and promote peace.

In Delta, the state government has constituted an eight-member judicial panel of enquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in its domain.

A statement signed by the secretary to the state government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, said that the panel was approved by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and would receive and investigate complaints of police brutality or related extrajudicial killings in the state from victims.

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