Governor Nyesom Wike.

Rivers state governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike has suspended the chairman of Obio/Akpor and the deputy chairman for failing to implement the state government’s directive on the closure of markets.

Wike announced this in a broadcast to the state on Monday.

The governor also imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Obiri-Ikwerre Junction ( Ozuoba, Rumualogu) to Choba and from Education bus stop to Agip junction.

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The dusk to dawn curfew was due to the failure of people doing businesses around the area to abide by the stay – at – home directive by government.

He said the State Security Council reached the decision after it monitored public compliance with the state government’s directive.

“With effect from Tuesday March 31, 2020 there will be a dusk to dawn curfew from Obiri-Ikwerre Junction( Ozuoba, Rumualogu) to Choba and from Education Bus Stop to Agip Junction, Ikwerre Road.”

“All beer parlours and public drinking joints are hereby closed because they have suddenly become an extension of night clubs that were earlier shut down.”

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“Any beer parlour or public drinking joint found to be open shall be acquired by the state government.”

“All landlords are advised to warn their tenants who use their property as beer parlours or public drinking joints to adhere to this directive.”

“Traditional Rulers, Youth Leaders and Community Development Committees are to ensure that beer parlours and public drinking joints in their areas remain closed. ”

The governor said any traditional ruler who allows markets to be open in his domain will be deposed.

The Rivers State Governor announced exemptions during the curfew for
medical and pharmaceutical personnel, food and beverages , essential oil and gas staff, petroleum products and media workers and newspaper distributors.

All these categories of staff must identify themselves with valid identity cards.