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Insecurity: Wike reviews state-wide night curfew in Rivers, announces extension


Wike Rivers Commissioner

Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State has extended the statewide night curfew by three hours after the government reviewed the existing rules.

Wike in a broadcast on Monday morning, according to Daily Post, said that the move was taken after last Friday’s attack on security formations across the state which led to the death of seven police officers.

According to the governor, the curfew which initially ran from 10 pm to 6 am daily would now begin from 7 pm to 6 am daily, effective Tuesday.

The statement read: “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”.

Wike added that the government “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 with 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.”