Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a 24-hour curfew for two weeks around the Okoro-Nodu flyover in Rumuokoro, Obio-Akpor Local Government Area following an upsurge of cult violence, warning that the peace and security of the state cannot be threatened.
The governor announced this in a statewide broadcast on Sunday night, November 22, 2020.
According to Wike, the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the State Security Council meeting on Sunday in Port Harcourt, explaining that the government was seriously disturbed by the recent upsurge of cult activities, violence and killings around the affected areas.
He said: “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.
“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,” a statement by the Wike’s Media Assistant, Kelvin Ebiri, read.