The Akwa Ibom State government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Ibeno community following the violent clash between the Ibeno indigenes and Yoruba fishermen.
No fewer than 10 person have been confirmed dead and several others missing, while properties worth several millions of naira were reportedly destroyed in the clash.
The Chairman of Ibeno LGA, Mr Henry Mkpa, in a statement by his media officer, Mr Melford Asuquo, which was made available to journalists on Thursday, said the curfew was a prompt action by the state government to prevent a further escalation of the crisis in the oil-rich city of Ibeno.
According to him the curfew was imposed from 7pm to 6am.
He noted that Both human and vehicular movements are restricted during the period.
“Following the violent clash between the Yoruba community and indigenes of Mkpanak group of communities in Ibeno council area, which has resulted in the loss of lives and properties, the executive chairman of Ibeno Local Government Area has declared a dusk-to-dawn curfew from 7:00 p.m. till 6:00 a.m. with immediate effect till further notice.” the statement read.
“Sequel to the above, human and vehicular movements are prohibited in any part of the local government, while security agencies have been put on alert to strictly enforce this order, and anyone found during these hours will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”