Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo has imposed a curfew from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in seven local government areas.
On Wednesday, May 25, the Governor made the announcement in a statewide broadcast, noting that Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Orumba North, and Orumba South are among the local governments affected.
The curfew, which goes into effect on Friday, May 27, will remain in effect until the impacted communities return to normalcy.
“With effect from tomorrow, Friday, May 26th, 2022, a 6pm to 6am curfew is hereby imposed on motorcycles (okadas), tricycles (kekes), and shuttle buses in the local governments of Aguata, Ihiala, Ekwusigo, Nnewi North, Nnewi South, Ogbaru, Orumba North, and Orumba South until further notice,” Soludo said.
“Motorcycles, keke, and shuttle buses are also prohibited from operating on Mondays in these local governments until the Sit-at-Home campaign is totally ended.”
Local youths have also been asked to assist security agents with the policy’s execution. They must also seize any such motorbike or tricycle immediately.
“The heads of the Okada, Keke, and shuttle bus unions must take responsibility for reporting their members who are engaged in illicit operations,” he continued. After two weeks, we’ll assess this, and if members of these unions continue to engage in illegal activity, the government will have no choice but to abolish the unions or expel them from the state.
“These criminals shall not be housed in any area of Anambra State (home, bush, or forest).” In Anambra State, anyone with a gun in a camp is a criminal, and the government and people will assist with security services to get them out. The State Government will revoke and purchase any land proven to be housing these criminals for public purposes, in accordance with its rights under the Land Use Act.
Every community is now obligated to furnish information on any area of their land that is being used as a camp by these criminals. If the community fails to do so, the land will be taken seized by the government.
“All communities are hereby charged to entirely assume control of their villages and provide weekly security reports (sent every Friday) to the Situation Government on the state of security in their communities through the leadership of their Town Unions and Traditional Rulers.”
In this regard, the adolescents’ involvement is now required. I challenge each community’s vigilantes to rise to the occasion and confront these criminals in their midst, whether they are in your jungle or in your homes. The State Government is looking forward to hearing about any success you’ve achieved in this area, and will support and reward you accordingly.