Richard Ginika Izuora
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in 10 local council areas of the State to stem further breakdown of law and order in Orlu Local Government and other affected areas.
The Governor said in Owerri on Monday, that the curfew would hold between 6 am and 6 pm daily till further notice.
Security agencies in Imo and a group known as security volunteers clashed in the Orlu council area on Monday, during when one person was killed.
A popular timber market known as Ogbosisi Market was set on fire during the crisis which lasted for several hours.
The Police spokesman, SP Orlando Ikeokwu, who confirmed the incident; also said the Police had moved into action to restore peace and immediately arrest those behind the incident.
Uzodinma said, in a press statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Oguike Nwachukwu, that the curfew would check the further breakdown of laws in the area.
The Governor also gave a matching order on security agencies to immediately arrest those behind the incident; and bring them to book.
Uzodinma said: “This afternoon, I received very disturbing news about a clash between security agencies and some militants who unleashed shooting in Orlu LGA.
“I am totally sad over this incident which nearly painted a picture of the near breakdown of law in the state; and I am condemning this act of hooliganism and those behind this will regret their actions.
“As an interim measure to check the crises, I have directed dusk to dawn curfew in 10 LGAs in Orlu zone; between 6 pm and 6 am daily till further notice.”
The Governor warned that anybody caught within the period of curfew would be treated as a suspect to the crisis.
The affected LGAs are Orlu; Orsu; Oru East; Oru West; Ideato North; and Ideato South. Others are Njaba; Isu; Nwangele; as well as Nkwere Local Government.