Anambra Govt imposes 12-hour curfew on 6 communities over violent clashes

Anambra Govt imposes 12-hour curfew on 6 communities over violent clashes

The Anambra State Government has imposed a 12-hour curfew on six communities in Oyi and Anambra East Local Government Areas.

Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Secretary to the State Government, announced this in a statement on Monday, April 26, in Awka.

Chukwulobelu listed the affected communities as Igbariam, Aguleri, Umueri, Nteje, Awkuzu, and Umunya.

He said the curfew which took immediate effect would last between 7 pm and 6 am daily.

The secretary to Anambra government urged residents of the affected communities to adhere strictly to the order as security personnel would ensure strict enforcement.

1st News learned that the police had earlier announced that nine yet-to-be-identified persons were killed by gunmen at the Nteje community.

Sources say the report of the killing has left residents of Nteje and some neigbouring communities in fear.

Local sources also reveal that some residents are already fleeing their homes in search of safety.

Meanwhile, Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has beseeched the Federal Government to seek help where necessary to regain peace in the country and chart a way forward without using Nigerians as victims.

Soyinka made this call on Sunday, April 25, in response to the killings across the country by bandits, terrorists, and other gunmen in the country.

Professor Soyinka decried that these gunmen have sacrificed and traumatised the country’s youths beyond their capacity to cope.

“The already over-stretched sinews of moral restraint have been snapped off the casing of nation being, and nothing is left but the collective wails of impotence. Not for the first time, what many hoped was a Natural Law of Limitations has been contemptuously, defiantly breached.

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“We need to remind ourselves of hideous precedents. We must remember Chibok. And Dapchi. And numerous antecedents and after, unpublicised, or soon relegated to the sump of collective amnesia.

“The wages of impunity never diminish, on the contrary, they distend. One’s greatest fear; with this latest feat of cowardly savagery, is that the nation must brace itself for a Beslan scenario; yet strive to avoid Nigeria become Africa’s Chechnya,” he said.

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