- Governor Wike has reiterated his government's resolve to protect lives and property of the people of Rivers state
- Wike made this known on Thursday, April 29, while imposing statewide curfew on the state
- According to him, he acted based on the advice that there would be possible attacks if the action is not taken
Nyesom Wike, the Rivers state governor, has imposed a statewide curfew on the state based on advice of the security council over the threat of attack, PM News reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor in a statewide broadcast on Thursday, April 29, said the security council has imposed a night curfew on the entire 23 local government areas of the state.
The curfew, according to him, would prohibit any human and or vehicular movement within or any part of the state from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from Thursday, April 29, until further notice.
Wike said the decision to impose a curfew on the entire state was taken after an exhaustive deliberation by the state security council at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said that the state security council in consideration of the recent murderous attacks on security personnel in Ikwerre and Abua/Odual local government areas had imposed a night-time curfew on all entry and exit points with Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Imo states.
The governor noted that after a review of the present security situation, there were possibilities of further deadly attacks on hard and soft targets across the state.
He said it has become imperative for the state government to take further necessary measures to secure the state and safeguard lives and property.
“Accordingly, the state security council has, today, after exhaustive deliberation, decided and advised that a statewide curfew on human and vehicular movements be imposed as part of additional measures to prevent the faceless criminals from unleashing their deadly actions.”
He emphasised that in taking these and other drastic measures at this time, the state government’s singular intention was to secure the State and guarantee the protection of lives and property.
The governor urged everyone in the State to be vigilant and promptly report every suspicious movement in their neighbourhood to the security agencies for immediate actions.
It was reported that the school is a few kilometers away from the Yakubu Gowon International Airport Haipang in the north-central state. The school was attacked on Wednesday night, April 28 by heavily armed gunmen.