Anambra in flames, as irate youths go on rampage *Obiano imposes 24-hour curfew

By Editor on 22/10/2020

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Irate mobs are said to be moving from street to street in major towns of Anambra State, killing, maiming and looting businesses, in the same manner the current uprising is being reported in many other parts of the South East and the rest of the country.

Onitsha, the main commercial centre, which hosts the biggest market in Africa, is said to be virtually on fire alongside Nnewi, the industrial heartbeat of the state, where a combination of manufacturing and serious trading is also going on including Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing (IVM).

The State Governor, Willie Obiano, who reportedly imposed a 24-hour curfew on Thursday, said it was to state-wide as violence spread in different parts of the state.

Hoodlums had burnt the Nnewi Central Police Station and killed two persons around 11pm on Wednesday, while banks and schools in the state had since shut down as the rampaging thugs attack residents and loot shops.

“I am compelled to address you today by the growing tension across the country ignited by recent efforts by Nigerian youths to ask for a better Nigeria, the governor said in a statement, on Thursday.

He added: “While our beloved state remains largely safe and isolated from the boiling sea outside, we have also recorded a few unpleasant incidents in our domain and there is justifiable anger in the land. But we cannot give it a chance to consume us all.

“Consequently, we are taking precautionary steps to prevent further descent to lawlessness in Anambra State by imposing a 24-hour curfew with effect from 8pm today until we bring this rising tension under control.

“Therefore, all schools and markets in Anambra State are hereby closed. All gatherings by groups and associations under any name or label from 8pm are banned. The law enforcement agencies in the state have been duly directed to enforce compliance.

“However, all law enforcement officers charged with ensuring compliance to the restriction on movement must resist the temptation of applying excessive force while attempting to bring the situation under control.”




Posted on October, 22 2020

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