Following return of normalcy to Akwa Ibom, the state government has lifted the curfew imposed as a result of security concerns by the #EndSARS protest.
The curfew that started from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m and from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. was imposed by the government following wanton destruction and looting of public and private properties worth millions of naira by some suspected hoodlums.
A press statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Comrade Ini Ememobong on Sunday said the decision to discontinue the curfew was taken after wide consultation with the security agencies in the state, following the return of normalcy to the state.
The statement reads, “Following the return of normalcy and wide consultation with the security architecture of the State, His Excellency the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has directed the discontinuation of the curfew which was imposed due to some security challenges that occurred in our state.
“This discontinuation directive takes effect immediately and therefore repeals the earlier directive imposing the curfew.”
The statement added that “the governor appreciates the citizens for their understanding and cooperation and commends the gallantry and dedication displayed by our security agencies, throughout the period of the curfew.”
However, “Despite the discontinuation order, security agencies are still maintaining high-level alert and are prepared to decisively deal with any attempt at the disruption of peace and subversion of law and order, especially as the Yuletide approaches.”