- The Akwa Ibom government has vowed to protect the state against invaders
- In a statement sent to journalists, the government stated that genuine protests have been hijacked by hoodlums
- A warning was, therefore, issued to troublemakers to steer clear of the state or face the full weight of the law
Governor Udom Emmanuel on Thursday, October 22 declared a curfew effective 9 pm till midday Friday, October 23.
The governor said the action was taken to protect the lives and property of citizens and the restoration of law and order in Akwa Ibom state.
As a follow-up, the Akwa Ibom government has issued a stern warning to hoodlums disguising as #EndSARS protesters and burning properties in the state.
A statement by Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, secretary to the Akwa Ibom state government on Thursday, October 22, stated that the protests have been hijacked by hoodlums.
“We have witnessed scenarios where the protests were clearly hijacked by hoodlums who were attacking public and private property and looting business premises, which confirm the earlier intelligence available to us on the planned hijack of the peaceful demonstrations.
“We cannot, therefore, allow strangers to invade our state and destroy our public and private property, which we laboured strenuously to build and acquire over decades.
“To allow these unpatriotic elements to destroy private or public property will be to surrender our land to evil plunder and we will have ourselves to blame when all of this is over.’’
The statement asked all Akwa Ibom people to be on red alert and report to the police and other security agencies, any suspicious movements and persons.’’
The statement added:
“We are trusting that God, who has been our help in ages past and our hope for years to come, will continue to keep our state and citizens safe.
“Akwa Ibom is all we have as God’s piece of real estate for us and we must take practical steps to protect our collective heritage.’’
Meanwhile, Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has imposed a 48-hour curfew in the state following the arson and destruction of government property in Asaba by some youths disguising as protesters on Wednesday, October 21.
He also announced the closure of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state until Monday, November 2, 2020.
The governor announced the decision in a statewide broadcast in Asaba on Thursday, October 22 and said that the curfew would commence at 6 p.m.
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