The Abia State Government, Friday, extended the curfew imposed on Aba and Umuahia till Sunday.
The curfew was imposed following violence clash between members of the pro-Biafra separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and soldiers in the state on Wedneday. The curfew was to elapse on Friday.
In a statement by Enyinnaya Appolos, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, said the state government has also postponed the resumption of schools in the state.
The statement said: “Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, wishes to express his appreciation to Abians and residents, particularly those living and doing business at Aba, for their support and cooperation during this trying period.
“For a commercial city that is also the economic hub of the state and the South East region, the effect of the socio-economic disruption at Aba is too massive to measure at this time and the Government fully appreciates all the sacrifices made to ensure early restoration of normalcy.
“We also wish to commend the efforts of the men and women of the security services currently working round the clock to restore law and order and safeguard lives and properties of law abiding citizens and residents.
“After a profound review of the security situation across the state, we are compelled to extend the current curfew imposed on Aba to enable us consolidate the peace and normalcy that is gradually returning to the city.
“The government is therefore seeking your continuing support and understanding for the further extension of the dusk to dawn (6pm to 6am) curfew at Aba to Sunday 17th of September 2017.
“Furthermore, in order to ensure the safety of our children and wards who were billed to resume school on the 18th of September 2017, we hereby direct that the resumption be postponed till the 25th of September 2017 across the state.
“It is our hope that all the measures taken so far will help to rapidly restore full normalcy to all areas of the state.”
Meanwhile, South-east Governors, including the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, are currently in a crucial meeting in Enugu State. Top on the agenda is the deliberation on the recent rising tension in the region.
The Governors are expected to meet with some leaders of the zone to deliberate and come out with a blueprint on how to address the situation and challenges being posed by Nnamdi Kanu and his group, whose campaign for secession of the zone from Nigeria has generated lots of tension in the country.
As at press time, the Chairman of the forum, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, and his Abia State counterpart, have arrived the Enugu Government House venue of the meeting; where they were welcomed by the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and his Imo counterpart, Rochas Okorocha, have also arrived at the venue.