Anambra State governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has declared curfew in the state. The governor made the declaration in a state broadcast on Wednesday evening in Awka.
Soludo took the decision following reports of wanton killings, kidnappings and other insecurity issues affecting the state. The former governor of Central Bank equally banned motorcycles, keke and shuttle buses from operating on Mondays.
According to him: “With effect from today, Thursday, May 26, a 6p.m. to 6a.m. curfew is hereby placed on motorcycles (okada), tricycles (keke), and shuttle buses in Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North and Orumba South Local Councils until further notice.
“Also, until further notice, motorcycles, keke and shuttle buses are banned from operating in these local councils on Mondays until the Sit-at-Home completely stops. The youths of every community in the zone are hereby enjoined to assist security agencies in the implementation of this policy and are mandated to seize any such motorcycle or tricycle on the spot.
“Local vigilantes should report such motorcycles or tricycles immediately, and they will be confiscated by government and the owner prosecuted.
“The okada, keke and shuttle bus union leaders must take responsibility to report their members who are involved in criminal activities. We shall review this after two weeks and if members of these unions continue to be involved in criminal activities, the government will have no choice but to either disband the unions and/or ban them outright in the state.
“No part of Anambra (house, bush or forest) shall be used as camps for criminals. Anyone with a gun in a camp is considered a criminal and the government and people will work with security agencies to flush them out,” the governor said.