Following the escalating crisis necessitated by arson and attacks by thugs. Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has declared a 24hour curfew on some parts of Rivers State.
Thugs Wednesday attacked and burnt down Oyigbo Area Command of the Rivers State Police Command without sparing a Senior Police Officer found in the station.
The crisis also spread to the popular oil mill market at Rumukwurusi in Obio-Akpor Local government area where the thugs attacked shop owners and passersby at will.
A similar incident was also recorded at the long stretch of Ikwerre Road between Mile 3 and Education Bustop as armed thugs engaged Police officers in a free for all.
Two persons were reportedly dead in the shoot out.
Following the incidents, Governor Wike in a statewide broadcast declared a 24hr curfew on Oyigbo, Oilmill and Emenike area of Port Harcourt.
The Governor who appreciated the peaceful disposition of the End SARS protesters expressed regret about how hoodlums hijacked the process to unleash mayhem on the state.
Wike stated that, “As a Government, we cannot watch helplessly and allow trouble-makers to take the laws into their hands and use the current situation to create a state of panic and insecurity.
“Consequently, the State’s Security Council met today and decided to take the following measures to secure lives and property in the State: A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Mile 1, Mile 2, Emenike, Ikokwu and Iloaubuchi arears of Port Harcourt from 6.30 p.m. today 21st October 2020.
“A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the entire Oyigbo Local Government Area from 6.30 p.m. today, 21st October 2020;
“A 24-hour curfew has also been imposed on Oil mill area in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area;
“Security agencies are directed to enforce the curfew with effect from 6.30 p.m. today 21st October 2020.”