Following earlier attacks by gunmen on the Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison, Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, has imposed a curfew on Aba and Umuahia communities.
The attack by hoodlums led to freeing almost all the suspects in the cells at the State Criminal Investigation Department of the command, and about 1500 inmates were reportedly freed.
This was revealed in a statement on Monday afternoon by the Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu.
According to the statement, “The Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10pm and 6am daily from today, Monday, 5th April, 2021 till further notice”.
The statement added that, “This is sequel to security reports received from multiple sources, and informed by the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of the state”.
The statement read further that, “We urge traditional rulers, men of the State Homeland Security Team and Community Vigilante Services in the state to monitor movement of persons within their respective domains and take necessary measures to protect the people and their property”.
“All law abiding citizens are advised to go about their normal duties, outside the curfew period, without fear of molestation as the security architecture of the state is robust enough to guarantee their safety”, the statement added.