Isaac Job, Uyo
AKwa Ibom State Government has imposed dusk to dawn curfew to check further escalation of the clash between Ibeno and Yoruba fishermen in the area.
Speaking to newsmen in Uyo , the Chairman of Ibeno Local Governnent Council of the state, High Henry Mkpa said that the curfew was a prompt action directed by the state government to prevent further crisis in the oil rich city of Ibeno .
Mkpa said that with the curfew, there would be with full restrictions persons and vehicular movements in the troubled riverine communities from 7:00pm to 6:00am, with immediate effect.
Mkpa also in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Melford Asuquo, made available to newsmen in Uyo, on Thursday, warned residents of the area that those apprehended during the curfew periods, would be prosecuted.
“Following the violent clash between the Yoruba community and indegenes of Mkpanak group of communities in Ibeno Local Government Area, which has resulted in the loss of lives and properties, the Executive Chairman of Ibeno Local Governnent Council, has declared a dusk to dawn curfew from 7:00am to 6:00am with immediate effect till further notice.
“Sequel to the above, human and vehicular movements are prohibited in any part of the local government, while security agencies have been put on alert to strictly enforce this order, and anyone found during these hours will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly”, the statement warned.
However, about 10 persons were feared killed and several others missing while property worth several millions of naira have been reportedly destroyed in a bloody communal clash which occurred early last Wednesday involving the mostly Yoruba (Ilaje) residents and the natives of the riverine Ibeno Local Governnent Area of Akwa Ibom State.
Meanwhile the Deputy Governor, Mr Moses Ekpo, has visited the troubled community which is the host of Mobil Producing Nigeria , with a view to calming the situation as well as provide succour to hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) now taking refuge in neighbouring communities.