By Dennis Naku
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the entire area around the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Rumuokoro, Obio/Akpor Local Government of the state, due to the rise in cult activities and related violence.
The governor has also warned that the government will spare no efforts to deal appropriately with anyone who decides to disturb peace and security in the State with cult activities and associated violence and killings.
Wike, in a state-wide broadcast relayed in a statement by his media aide, Kelvin Ebiri, said the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the State Security Council meeting on Sunday evening in Port Harcourt.
He explained that the Rivers State Government was disturbed by the recent upsurge of cult activities and related violence and killings around the adjoining areas of the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
The governor stated that the government has repeatedly warned misguided youths that engaging in cultism because of its anti-social effect on society.
“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-kilometer 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.”
The governor directed security agencies are to enforce strict compliance with the curfew and arrest and summarily prosecute any person, trader or vehicle that may attempt to violate the curfew.