Rough days appear imminent for residents of Rivers State, where gunmen have been terrorising security formations and police stations. But the state governor, Nyesom Wike has assured that he is on top of the game, even as he reviewed the curfew imposed on the state, to begin from 7pm till 6am, as part of measures to check the activities of the hoodlums.
Last Friday, the hoodlums, dressed in security outfit and in a security van, had stormed some police stations where they killed and burnt vehicles and buildings, forcing policemen to flee.
This is coming just as unconfirmed reports show that some juju-wearing civilians believed to be vigilante men under the umbrella of OSPAC, are now providing security cover in some police stations in the state.
On Monday, the residents started experiencing an unusual traffic snarl in parts of Port Harcourt, especially in areas close to police stations. The policemen barricaded all routes leading to and close to their stations, apparently to avoid further attacks.
The development forced motorists to divert to alternative routes, leading to hiccups on the roads. Around the Elimbu area of Port Harcourt, there was no thorough fare around the Elimbu police station on Monday.
All vehicles were forced to divert into nearby streets. Unfortunately, the tank axis has always been very tight for months now, due to a bad spot that has been left unattended to, for a long time.
Motorists were complaining on Monday morning before the governor came up with the announcement of the reviewed curfew time. In the broadcast, Wike acknowledged that the people would suffer as a result of the situation of things in the state.
The governor explained that security agencies were on the trail of the gunmen who attacked security formations in the state and expressed optimism that the culprits will all be arrested soon and brought to justice.
He reiterated that nothing would stop the government from defeating the evil forces presently threatening the individual and collective security of the State.
“We wish to assure every resident that we are not intimidated by the sporadic and cowardly attacks on predetermined security targets by faceless criminals on our soil; neither will we be cowed into succumbing to a baseless and doomed secessionist agenda.”
He appealed to residents of the State for understanding as the State government is not unmindful of the difficulty the curfew may inflict on them. He, however, assured them that the aim of government’s action is to achieve and sustain the maximum security of lives and property.
“We further appeal to the public to understand that security is everybody’s business and play their own roles, especially in passing intelligence information to the law enforcement agencies to process and take pre-emptive measures to counter and advance our collective security.”