Following marked improvements in the security situation of the state and surrounding ones, Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has approved the relaxation and adjustment of subsisting curfews across the state.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr Chris Ezem on Thursday and made available to newsmen, said that the new daily curfew will be shifted from 12midnight to 6am in Aba, Umuahia, Ohafia, Bende, Umunneochi and Arochukwu Local Government Areas of the state.
Government further appreciated the support and cooperation of citizens which have led to the improvements of security and subsequent relaxation of curfew in the state.
According to the release, the government advised that everyone should remain vigilant and report any suspicious movements or activities to the relevant security agents who are to also ensure strict compliance with the new curfew regimes that would take effect from Thursday, 22nd July, 2021.
Recall that the state government few months ago placed curfew in Umuahia, Aba, Bende Ohafia, Arochukwu and Umunneochi Local Government Areas, following security challenges in these areas.
Initially the curfew times were 8pm to 6am in just Umuahia and Aba areas, while the other four Local Government Areas were 6pm to 6am.
It could also be recalled that the state government further relaxed these curfew times just recently from 10pm to 6am, following improved security.
Our correspondent who got responses from Abians, said that over 80% of the people are happy over the new curfew times.
Interacting with a tricycle operator, Nzeuzor Christopher, stated that the new curfew times is a welcome development, as it would help them stretch their hustling hours, which means more money for them, unlike the previous times.
A Bar owner who spoke in anonymity, expressed satisfaction over the relaxation, stating that it would improve night life in these areas which was highly affected during the old curfew times and as well create more income for them.
According to the Bar owner, “Our business is a night business, since this curfew issue started, we have been loosing money.”
He thanked the governor for the relaxation.