Rivers State Governor, Nyesome Wike has extended the night curfew from 7.00pm to 6.00am, with effect from Tuesday, May 11, in order to stem dastardly attacks on security formations in the State.
Wike in a state broadcast on Monday, said the State Security Council had reviewed the way and manner the recent attacks were executed and discovered that the perpetrators, who disguised themselves as security officers, moved in unhindered from Oyigbo to launch the attack.
He said the decision has been taken in the wake of multiple armed ambush on Police checkpoints along the East-West road which resulted in the cold-blooded murder of seven police officers over the weekend.
“However, as a further step towards enhancing our collective safety we have reviewed the existing night time curfew across the 23 Local Government Areas, which will now start from 7.00pm and end at 6.00am until further notice from tomorrow 11th May, 2021.
“The 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 attempts to violate it.
“We have reviewed, and for the moment, declined the pressure on the State Government to activate our youth to defend the State from these terrorists because we don’t want to complicate our very delicate security situation by creating opportunities for some other monsters to emerge,” he said.
Wike, who consoled the families of the dead officers and the State’s Police Command for the irreparable loss, declared that the government and security agencies were determined to deploy everything at their disposal to advance the safety and security of lives and property in the State.
The governor explained that security agencies were on the trail of the gunmen who attacked security formations in the State.