Finally, the Akwa Ibom State government has lifted the curfew, which was imposed on the state following widespread violence that erupted during the #ENDSARS protests in the state. The state was one of the states hit when hoodlums hijacked the protest following the military shooting of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos State.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Ini Emem Obong, in a statement at the weekend said the discontinuation order followed the return of normalcy and widespread consultation with the security agencies in the state.
The statement stated, “Following the return of normalcy and wide consultation with the security architecture of the State, Governor 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 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.”
The government however warned that 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 Christmas festivities approach.