In a bid to fight insecurity in Rivers State, governor Nyesom Wike in a state-wide broadcast on Monday, May 10, 2021 announced that the curfew imposed on the oil-rich state will now be fully enforced from 7pm to 6am daily. Noting that the new measure is aimed at promoting the security of the state following attacks on its security formations on Friday which left seven police officers dead, governor Wike urged security agencies to ensure strict compliance and punish offenders. The curfew will take effect from today, Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
As a further step towards enhancing our collective safety, we have reviewed the existing night curfew across the twenty-three local government areas which will now start from 7pm and end at 6am until further notice from tomorrow 11th of May 2021…Security agencies are hereby directed to note the new curfew time, ensure strict compliance and effectively deal with any person or group that violates or attempt to violate this order
Governor Nyesom Wike
Further, the governor revealed that safety measures were reviewed and despite calls for the activation of youths in the fight against terrorists in the state, it was best to ignore.
We reviewed and for the moment declined the pressure on the state government to activate youths to defend the state from the terrorists because we don’t want to complicate our very delicate security situation by creating opportunities for some other monster to emerge…However, we are determined to deploy everything within our disposal to advance the security of lives and property in our state and nothing will stop us from defeating the evil forces presently threatening our individual and collective security
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