Insecurity in Nigeria: States have declared curfews due to insecurity and attacks by unknown gunmen.
An unknown group of gunmen has carried out attacks in southeast states and some areas of southern Nigeria, most of which targeted security forces.
Over the last three months, officers from the Army, Navy, police, civil defence, and even the Customs service have lost their lives to attacks by unidentified gunmen.
Nigeria’s northern states are home to Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, killer herdsmen, and armed farmers who regularly commit numerous atrocities, particularly against women, children, and students.
Due to the security threat, the governments of some of the affected states have taken steps to manage the situation, such as declaring curfews.
Imo state government first declared a curfew after an incident happened in the Orlu area of the state. Governor Hope Uzodinma imposed the curfew after Nigerian security forces raided the place of unknown gunmen who killed soldiers in operation. Even with the curfew in place, unknown gunmen have not stopped attacking Imo state.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state declared a curfew for Umuahia and Aba on April 5, 2021.
John Kalu is the state’s Information Commissioner. In a statement released by him, he said: “that the government declared a curfew because of reports that say some terrorist planning an attack on the state.”
Anambra is one of the states in the South Eastern region that has experienced gunmen attacks as far back as 2020.
Anambra state governor Willie Obiano declared a 24-hour curfew for Nnewi after terrorists burned the central police station and killed two people.
On April 26, 2021, nine members of the community were murdered by armed men in Igbariam. The governor has declared a curfew for six communities in Anambra North Senatorial District from 7 pm-6 am. These include Igbariam, Aguleri, Umueri, Nteje, Awkuzu, and Umunya.
Governor Dave Umahi presided over a State Security Council meeting on April 28, 2021, where “participation curfews” were declared on the state.
In order to stop the inflow of armed men into Ebonyi state, the governor imposed a curfew at border points.
Unknown gunmen attacked some checkpoints along the Port Harcourt-Elele-Owerri road, attacking security operatives along the way.
In spite of the fact that Govern Wike declared curfew in border points first before announcing a curfew for the whole of the state, this is what prompted him to declare the curfew for the state.
The curfew for Rivers state is 10 pm to 6 pm until further notice.
Several Nigerian states have never declared curfews, but that does not mean they haven’t taken steps to protect their residents.