On May 8, gunmen killed seven policemen in Rivers after attacking four police stations.
Two days later, they killed another four security personnel in the state. This led to the imposition of curfew in Rivers by Wike.
Wike, in a state broadcast, said measures the state government had undertaken so far to check the recent intermittent breaks to the State’s security by the predetermined attacks on security checkpoints and the resultant killing of some security personnel, had yielded positive result.
“Thank heavens, those responsible for the premeditated ambushes and murders of security personnel in the State have been apprehended and are now facing the bitter venom of our laws as none that is proven to be criminally liable will escape the fury and crushing impact of justice.
“We wish to reassure every citizen and resident that we are able, willing and ready to act directly and decisively, and at any time, with the full weight of our government to forestall every security threat to our State from any person, group or quarters,” he said.
Wike explained that after yet another review of the prevailing security situation and in particular, the effect of the curfew on citizens, the State Security Council had decided to relax the curfew time a little for Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Government Areas as well as the Port Harcourt International Airport.
“Consequently, the current night-time curfew in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor Local Government Areas will now be effective from 8.30 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from Sunday 16th May 2021, while the starting and closing time-frame of 7.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. still continue to apply to the prevailing curfew in the rest of the 21 Local Government Areas of the State until further notice.
“The nation’s security agencies are on the ground to strictly enforce the State-wide curfew as reviewed and arrest and prosecute any intransigent person or group that may fail to comply. Our State; our heritage is no one else’s property to assault and destroy at will.
“It goes without saying, therefore, that every citizen and resident bear some level of responsibility to protect it from the injurious hegemonic tendencies of strangers and ensure the peace, safety and security of everyone,” he added.
The governor appealed to residents of the State not to hesitate to pass on every valuable nugget of information about those behind recent attacks, particularly, their conclaves, plots and potential assaults on security agents to the attention of the law enforcement agencies for appropriate counter actions.
“We can assure you that with such vital and credible intelligence gathering and information sharing with the government and the security agencies, we have the capacity, will and the strength to overwhelm and completely rout these faceless terrorists and neutralize their threat to our God-given rights to live in peace and go about with our daily lives without any cause to fear about our safety and security in any part of our own land.”
Wike commended residents of the State their steadfastness in the midst of the socio-economic discomforts, dislocations and troubles caused by the proactive actions taken by the state government to safeguard the State from faceless terrorists.
He assured the residents that government will continue to work day and night to keep every one of safe and secure.