The Akwa Ibom State government is stepping up the fight against cult-related violence and killings.

Apart from the recent proscription of 32 cult groups in the state, Governor Udom Emmanuel has imposed curfew on Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun local council areas.

Residents in the areas are to stay indoors between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. daily, the state Commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh, said in a statement.

He did not say how long the curfew will last.

The government, which said the ban on motorcycle in the Uyo city is still in force, also banned the use of motorcycle in Etim Ekpo, Ukanafun, Ika, Ikot Ekpene, and Eket between 6.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. daily.

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The government said anyone who violates the ban will be prosecuted.

Governor Emmanuel followed up on Wednesday with a town hall meeting at Etim Ekpo with the people of Etim Ekpo and Ukanafun to discuss the security situation.

The town hall was attended by the Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, and the Director of State Security Service, SSS, S. M. Waziri, and top government officials in the state.

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