Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia State, has extended the three-day dusk to dawn curfew he imposed on Aba to Friday, September, 15, 2017.
Governor Ikpeazu, in a e-mailed statement to The Trent, by his chief press secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 dispelled rumours of arson and killings in the southeastern state.
He advised residents and visitors to cooperate with security agents in order to ensure the maintenance of law and order within the commercial city and its environs.
Ikpeazu expressed displeasure that people were being compelled to raise their hands while passing through security checkpoints.
He, therefore, urged security agents and all authorities concerned to ensure that such acts, and other forms of inhumane and barbaric treatment of people were discontinued immediately.
Following heightened tension in the South East region arising from military action against pro-Biafra activist, Nnamdi Kanu, the Abia Government on Tuesday placed a three-day dusk to dawn curfew in the state’s commercial nerve centre beginning 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
The curfew has now been extended to Friday.
Operation Python Dance II
Tension continues to build up in the southeastern part of Nigeria where the Nigerian Army, under the command of President Muhammadu Buhari, has launched a “show of force” operation called Python Dance II.
The military says it wants to rid the South East of militants and kidnappers. Activists say that this operation is a cover for a premeditated genocide against the people of the South East.
A team of soldiers stormed the home of pro-Biafra agitator, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Alleged supporters of the secessionist activist confronted the military tank in the local village in Abia.
A day after, a detachment of ten armoured personnel carriers and seven Hilux vehicles, according to multiple sources at the location, stormed the home of the Nnamdi Kanu and laid siege on his residence.
The military invasion caused panic in the ares forcing shop owners to close immediately.
The clash left one person shot and several injured with the Nigerian Army and IPOB trading allegations.