Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has announced a three-day curfew that will last between the hours of 6 p.m to 6 a.m in the commercial city of Aba with immediate effect.

Ikpeazu said this in a statement issued in Umuahia on Tuesday.

Ikpeazu said that the measure is to calm tension occasioned by the proclamation of the military operation captioned ‘Operation Python Dance’ in the South-East.

He said that his administration is committed to the protection of lives and property and had to take such measures to protect residents of the state.

The governor said “Abia State has for the past few days been the focus of security searchlight.

“This is occasioned by the reported skirmish between some groups in the state, especially Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) with men of the Nigerian Army.

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“Government notes and has observed the frenzy of activities of members of IPOB within Afara – Umuahia, the ancestral home of the leader of IPOB for some months now.

“Government is equally aware of the recent proclamation by the Nigerian Army of Operation Python Dance II within the South-East geopolitical region of Nigeria,” he said.

Ikpeazu said that the military operation is to check kidnapping, banditry, assassination and secessionist activities within the region.

“The recent confrontation between the Nigerian Army and members of IPOB on Sunday, 10th September 2017, could presumably be attributed to the commencement of the said Operation Python Dance II,” he said.

The governor said that the state is a component part of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subscribed to the supremacy of the Nigerian Constitution and all other extant laws.

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“The state government recognises the right of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to perform their statutory duty of protection of lives and property of Nigerian citizens.

“Such duties must, however, be carried out within acclaimed Nigerian and international standards of engagement with the civil populace, with due respect to the human rights of citizens and sanctity of human lives.

“Meanwhile, Aba residents are advised to observe a curfew from 6p.m to 6a.m from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14.

“The government recognises the constitutional right to freedom of movement for all Nigerians, but objects to the influx of people into Abia State for purposes of unsettling the enduring peace in the state,” he said.

Ikpeazu urged residents of the state to go about their normal legitimate business without fear or favour.