Following the 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 assailants had burnt police police facilities and freed over 1,500 inmates.
The Inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu blamed the attack on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). But the separatist group in a statement by its spokesman, Emma Powerful denied any involvement in the incident.
The governor said the curfew becomes effective immediately between 10pm and 6am daily “till further notice.”
The state’s Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, said this n a statement on Monday.
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.
“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.
“Security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the directive. Only those on essential services with proper identification are exempted from the curfew.
“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.”