Wike Slams 24-hour Curfew on Parts of P’Harcourt to Arrest Cult Clashes
Cult clashes and violence have forced Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, to impose a 24-hour curfew on the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Rumuokoro area of the Port Harcourt metropolis for the next two weeks.
“As part of measures to tackle the menace, the government has imposed a 24-hour curfew for two weeks on the area from the Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and daily market with effect from Monday, November 23, 2020.
“Consequently, no trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed within the restricted areas until further notice. Only staff and vehicles of Julius Berger Nigeria Limited are exempted from the curfew and restriction of movement so that construction work on the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover is not stalled.”
The governor said his government will deal with anyone who breaches the peace and security in the state with cult activities and associated violence and killings.
In a statewide broadcast on Sunday, Wike explained that the decision to impose the curfew was taken after the state security council meeting in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
He explained that the Rivers State government was disturbed over the recent upsurge of cult activities and related violence and killings in the Okoro-Nu-Odu flyover in Obio/Akpor Council Area.
He said the government had constantly warned misguided youths against engaging in cultism because of its anti-social effect on society.
Wike directed security agencies to enforce compliance with the curfew, arrest, and prosecute any person, trader, or vehicle that violates the restrictions.
“We wish to warn that community leaders that allow cultism and related activities to thrive in their communities would be treated as collaborators to the crimes and will be dealt with accordingly.
“We urge all citizens to be part of the efforts to curb cultism in the state by reporting any suspicious cult activity, including gatherings and initiations in and around their neighbourhoods to the security agencies for immediate action,” he said.
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