The residents of Owerri, the Imo State capital have began to observe the curfew imposed on the state by the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, on Tuesday, October 20.
The first day of the curfew (Wednesday) was not properly observed, as people moved to and fro the city unchecked. The indefinite curfew was expected to take effect from midnight of Tuesday, October 20, but scarcely lingered till Thursday, October 24.
Moving round the city on Thursday, our reporter gathered that most roads and shops were deserted. Security operatives were sighted at every nook and cranny of the metropolis, fully armed. Few vehicles sighted were either turned back or checked thoroughly, while pedestrians raised their hands in the air, while crossing any checkpoint.
Most people who spoke to our reporter revealed that they had to steer clear from the roads, as they envisaged that the security operatives would be brutal with anybody found on the roads, as a result of the incidents of the previous day, which left at least, two military personnels dead from hoodlums.
The tension as we learnt, hightened with the reports of two killed military personnels at Nwaorubi and Anara respectively, all in Imo State. It was also gathered that two police stations we’re set ablaze by unknown assailants, who fled immediately after executing the acts.
Recall that the Governor of Imo State had on Tuesday October 20, imposed curfew within the state, as a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests by the youths, which he feared had been highjacked by hoodlums. Other states that imposed curfew include Edo, Lagos, some parts of Rivers State, among others.