Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the state.
His decision followed last night attack on police officers on official duty around Azikiwe Road by Asa in Aba, by yet to be identified hoodlums numbering over 30 who sadly killed one of the officers and also carted away their arms and ammunition.
According to the Commissioner for information and Strategy, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, “After detailed review and assessment of the general security situation, including reports of armed cultists and hoodlums sneaking into the state from different parts of the country in large numbers, the burning down of at least two police stations, reported killing of two policemen in the last two days as well as leaked plans to unleash more violence on innocent citizens, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agents to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums, pursue a swift and complete recovery of the stolen arms and ammunition with the necessary vigour, and ensure the cultists are comprehensively flushed out.”
“To ensure the continued security of lives and property of law abiding citizens, the Governor has also directed the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Aba and Umuahia from 6pm on Tuesday till further notice.
“Furthermore, Governor Ikpeazu has approved a cash reward of N5 million to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the hoodlums and armed cultists.
“This is in addition to the approval of a reward of N1 million for each authentic video evidence on brutality and extrajudicial killings by security agents in the state submitted to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry being inaugurated to investigate the incidents,” he added.