Obiano announces a 24-hour curfew as violence spreads to Anambra

Posted by on Oct 22, 2020, Under: News

Obiano announces a 24-hour curfew as violence spreads to Anambra

Willie Obiano, Governor of Anambra State, has declared a state curfew.

The governor on Thursday, The PUNCH reported, imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state as the violence spread to different parts of the state.

On Wednesday around 11:00 pm, thugs burned down the central police station in Nnevi and killed two people.

Since then, government banks and schools have been closed as angry thugs attacked residents and robbers.

The governor said that the circumstances in the state and country forced him to declare a curfew.

In his official speech on Thursday, Obiano said: “I am compelled to speak to you today because of the growing tensions in the country caused by the recent efforts of Nigerian youth to demand better Nigeria.

“While our beloved state remains largely safe and isolated from the seething sea outside, we have also recorded several unpleasant incidents in our domain and there is justifiable anger in the country. But we can’t give him a chance to consume us all.

“As a result, we are taking precautions to prevent any further slide into lawlessness in Anambra state by imposing a 24-hour curfew starting at 8:00 pm today until these growing tensions are under control.

“Therefore, all schools and markets in Anambra State are closed. All gatherings of groups and associations under any name and label from 20:00 are prohibited. State law enforcement has been duly instructed to ensure compliance.

“However, all law enforcement officials tasked with enforcing movement restrictions must resist the temptation to use excessive force in an attempt to bring the situation under control.”