The Governor of Abia state, Okezie Ikpeazu, has further extended the curfew in Aba to Sunday.

The resumption of schools in the state has also been moved from September 18 to September 25.

The governor, had on Tuesday, declared a three-day curfew after the clash between soldiers and members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The curfew which was to end on Thursday was later extended to Friday.

But the governor in statement released by his Chief Press Secretary Enyinnaya Appolos on Friday said the curfew has again been extended to Sunday after reviewing the security situation in the state.

He described the effect of the curfew as huge and a sacrifice residents have to pay to ensure return of normalcy to the city.

He said time of the curfew remains 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The statement reads: “Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, wishes to express his appreciation to Abians and residents, particularly those living and doing business at Aba, for their support and cooperation during this trying period.

“For a commercial city that is also the economic hub of the state and the South East region, the effect of the socio-economic disruption at Aba is too massive to measure at this time and the government fully appreciates all the sacrifices made to ensure early restoration of normalcy.

“We also wish to commend the efforts of the men and women of the security services currently working round the clock to restore law and order and safeguard lives and properties of law abiding citizens and residents.

“After a profound review of the security situation across the state, we are compelled to extend the current curfew imposed on Aba to enable us consolidate the peace and normalcy that is gradually returning to the city.

“The government is therefore seeking your continuing support and understanding for the further extension of the dusk to dawn (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.) curfew at Aba to Sunday, 17th of September 2017.