*Suspends Chairman and Deputy of Obio/Akpor LGA
Rivers State has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew from Obiri-Ikwerre Junction ( Ozuoba, Rumualogu) to Choba and from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction, Ikwerre Road.
The State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, announced the curfew during a statewide broadcast on Monday.
According to the Governor, all beer parlours and public drinking joints were also closed because they had suddenly become extensions of night clubs that were earlier shut down.
The Governor stated that any beer parlour or public drinking joint found to be open shall be acquired by the State Government.
He called on all landlords to warn their tenants who use their property as beer parlours or public drinking joints to adhere to this directive.
He directed rraditional rulers, youth leaders and Community Development Committees to ensure that beer parlours and public drinking joints in their areas remained closed.
“Any traditional tuler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed,” Wike said.
The Governor added that the government was investigating the illegal operation of markets at night at Woji and Elelenwo Communities.
He said further violation by residents of these two communities would attract declaration of curfew.
“Further flagrant violation of the closure of markets will attract a state-wide declaration of curfew. We must understand that people must be alive before they eat food
“As a responsive government, we have also reviewed our earlier directives and have resolved to grant waivers to the following categories of essential services, Medical and Pharmaceutical Personnel, Food and Beverages, Essential Oil and Gas Staff, Petroleum Products, Media Workers and Newspaper Distributors,” he said.
The Governor added that all these categories of staff must identify themselves with valid identity cards.
He said based on suggestions by well-meaning Rivers people, government was looking into the setting up of food markets across the State.
Meanwhile Governor Wike has suspended the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area due to flagrant violation of closure of markets in the Local Government Area.
He reiterated that his government would continue to do what was right no matter who was involved.
“As you are all aware, no conventional war has grounded global life and economy like coronavirus has done.
“Everybody is affected. Therefore, all hands must be on deck to defeat coronavirus. I want to sincerely express my heartfelt gratitude to our health professionals on the frontline of this fight,” he said.