Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour curfew for two weeks around the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Rumuokoro, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area following the rising spate of cult-related violence.
The Governor, in a statewide broadcast, explained the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the State Security Council meeting on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
Wike warned that the government would deal appropriately with anyone disturbing the peace and security of the state
He said the government was seriously disturbed by the recent upsurge of cult activities, related violence and killings around the affected areas.
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“As part of measures to tackle this menace, therefore, Government has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya slaughter and Local Government daily market with effect from Monday 23rd November 2020,” Wike said.
“Consequently, no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed within the afore-mentioned restricted areas until further notice.
“Only staff and vehicles belonging to Julius Berger Nigeria Limited are exempted from the curfew and associated restrictions on movement so that construction work on the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover is not stalled.”
The Governor subsequently directed security agencies to enforce strict compliance of the curfew and arrest and summarily prosecute any person, trader or vehicle violating the order.