Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has once again reviewed the existing curfew in the state.
With this latest review, the curfew will now subsist from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and only in two local government areas, Obio/akpor and Port Harcourt City.
The reviewed curfew takes effect from Sunday, May 16, 2021.
Before the current review, Governor Wike, in a state-wide broadcast on Thursday, April 29, stated that:
” ….. a night curfew is hereby imposed on the entire 23 local government areas of the state prohibiting any human and/or vehicular movement within or in any part of the state from 10.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from today, 29th April, 2021 until further notice”.
This was further reviewed from 10 p.m. down to 7 p.m. after a state security meeting.
Residents found the 7 p.m. most inconveniencing with workers sleeping any where 7 p.m. catches them. This was worsened by traffic congestion occasioned by on-going construction work in the state.
Transport fares shot up to unimaginable proportions, where distances hitherto attracting N100 jumped to N500!
The gridlock and the prohibitive transport fares made people trek long distances while some people even slept in their offices.
The situation generated widespread complaints, which have compelled the state government come up with the present review taking the commencement time of the curfew from the former 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.