- All Anambra state government officials have been prohibited from using official cars
- The directive was given by Governor Willie Obiano after uncovering a plot by hoodlums to start stealing government vehicles
- In order to be on the safe side, the governor appealed to officials to make use of their private cars
Political appointees of the Anambra state governor have been banned from using official vehicles amid the rampant killings by unidentified gunmen.
The Punch reports that Governor Willie Obiano in a memo issued the directive, urging officials to make use of their private cars to work instead.
Obiano, who spoke through the secretary to state government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, said the ban was to avoid getting unnecessary attractions from criminals, adding that political appointees are to be vigilant.
Chukwulobelu explained that a plot by hoodlums to start grabbing government vehicles and using them for armed robbery, kidnapping purposes, has been uncovered by the Anambra state government, The Nation reports.
The Anambra state government took the decision following an attack by gunmen in some communities.
The secretary to the Anambra state government disclosed in a statement that the curfew which started on Monday, April 26, is expected to last between 7 pm and 6 am daily.
Wike, on his part, imposed a night curfew at all the borders Rivers shares with Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, and Imo.
In a related development, gunmen reportedly killed five people during an attack on a vigilance office in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo local government area of Anambra state.
The attackers also razed the vigilance group's office and vehicles.
The hoodlums were said to have carried out the attack around 7pm on Sunday, May 9. The Anambra police command told journalists that security operatives have been deployed to the area.
The command’s spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu, stated that normalcy has been restored to the area.