Governor Wike in a broadcast to residents of Rivers state earlier today informed them that the State Security Council has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on some parts of the state.
The governor said that the decision was reached after the council monitored the level of compliance with the State Government’s directive on closure of markets and public places.
“With effect from Tuesday March 31, 2020 there will be a dusk to dawn curfew from Obiri-Ikwerre Junction( Ozuoba, Rumualogu) to Choba and from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction, Ikwerre Road.
All beer parlours and public drinking joints are hereby closed because they have suddenly become an extension of night clubs that were earlier shut down.
Any beer parlour or public drinking joint found to be open shall be acquired by the State Government.
All landlords are advised to warn their tenants who use their property as beer parlours or public drinking joints to adhere to this directive.
Traditional Rulers, Youth Leaders and Community Development Committees are to ensure that beer parlours and public drinking joints in their areas remain closed.
Any Traditional Ruler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed.
Government is investigating the illegal operation of markets at night at Woji and Elelenwo Communities. Further violation by residents of these two communities will attract declaration of curfew.”
The governor threatened that further violation of the directive for markets to remain closed will attract a state-wide curfew.
Governor Wike also announced waivers to different categories of persons in view of the directive of the State Government, which include: Medical and Pharmaceutical Personnel ,Food and Beverages , Essential Oil and Gas Staff, Petroleum Products and Media Workers and Newspaper Distributors. These categories of persons must identify themselves with valid means of identification.
The Rivers State Governor announced the suspension of the Council Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area and his Deputy for failing to implement the State Government’s directive on the closure of markets in the area.
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