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The Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has slammed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South Local Government Areas of the State and this curfew will be observed between the hours of 6pm to 6am.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, the dusk-to-dawn curfew takes effect from today, Friday, June 10, 2022.
The statement disclosed that the curfew was “Pursuant to Executive Order No. 3, 2022 and consequent upon security challenges in Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South Local Government Areas of Enugu State”.
Prof. Ortuanya added that Gov. Ugwuanyi imposed the curfew in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 215 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
The statement directed the Chairmen of Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South LGAs as well as Forest Guard and Neighbourhood Watch Officers of the affected two council areas to ensure strict compliance with the Executive Order.
It also directed the Enugu State Commissioner of Police to take all lawful measures to enforce the order, “including arrest and prosecution of defaulters”.
Recall that The Eastern Updates reported that Okada riders and tricycle riders have also declared their intentions to help out in the security implementations. In their determined efforts to assist the Enugu State government and security agencies to decisively address the security challenges in Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South Local Government Areas of the State, the Tricycle (Keke) and Motorcycle (Okada) Riders Associations in the two council areas have resolved that their members should stop operating from 6pm to 6am daily, in the affected two LGAs.
The two associations also directed all Keke and Okada operators to withdraw their services in Aguibeje and Iyionu communities in Igbo Eze North LGA till further notice.
The resolutions were taken during an emergency meeting of the Executives and Members of Keke and Okada riders associations in Igbo- Eze North and Igbo-Eze South LGAs, yesterday.
The decisions were disclosed in a statement jointly signed by the Enugu State Chairman of Association of Tricycle Riders, Comrade Benjamin Ikah, and the four Chairmen of Tricycle Riders and Motorcycle Associations in Igbo-Eze North and Igbo-Eze South LGAs, Comrade Solomon Ejiofor Ali, Izuchukwu Onah, Samuel Eze and Fidelis Onah, respectively.
The associations requested all the security agencies in the state “to enforce these resolutions” and went further to enjoin their members in the affected LGAs and communities to comply strictly with the resolutions, forthwith.