The Rivers State Government says there are strong indications that the sponsors of horrific attacks on security personnel in Rivers State are not Rivers people.

This is as the All Progressives Congress, APC, insists that no price is too much to pay to keep Rivers people safe.

Governor Nyesom Wike who addressed the situation Tuesday acknowledged that there have been serious security breaches in the last one week.

“On Saturday 24th the April 2021 some innocent officers of the Customs, Police and Civil Defence services on their duty posts along the Port Harcourt – Owerri express way were ambushed and gruesomely murdered in cold blood by armed attackers.

“The next day, that is, Sunday, 25th April 2021, the State witnessed another deadly attack and killing of officers and men of the Nigerian Army right in their duty post at Abua town in Abua/Odual Local Government Area of the State”, the Governor remarked.

Wike hinted that while security operatives are still investigating the root cause of the recent killings in the State, the evidence emerging do not appear to suggest that there were internal collaborators.

“What is obvious is that the attackers and their sponsors are people who came from outside Rivers State, and as a Government, we are determined to do everything within our powers to prevent the reoccurrence of such senseless and murderous acts aimed at creating an atmosphere of gross insecurity and panic among the citizens.

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“In view of what is going on therefore and its implications to the security of the State and citizens, and in discharge of our constitutional responsibility in that regard, the Government of Rivers State has decided to restrict night movements into and out of the State from the land borders of the State.

“Consequently, a night curfew is hereby imposed and no person or vehicle is allowed into and out of Rivers State from 8.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. from tomorrow 28th April 2021 until further notice”

The attack on Rivers soil, knowledgeable sources reveal, is helping to bring Rivers people together.

Many Rivers people shocked the attack within their boundaries are increasingly of the view that sinister persons and organisations are attempting to turn the State into a fighting ground in pursuits of interests that are inimical to the stability and survival of the nation

Spokesman for the APC, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke told news men, ” In the last one week, our State has been under attack by unknown persons who are determined to undermine the peace and security of the State.

“We think that the decision to impose a curfew around the State’s land border communities may be part of a security arrangement agreed upon by security agencies.

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“We believe that no price is to big to pay when it comes to the protection of lives and property. As a responsible party, the APC agrees with the move to impose such a curfew. We urge the Rivers people to do whatever is possible to frustrate any attempt by unknown persons to disturb the peace.”

Security is being intensified in parts of the State in line with the directives of the State government.

A security source who spoke with the Port Harcourt Telegraph confirmed that a security cordon “is being thrown around boundary communities to ensure that trouble makers do not slip through.”

Persons born in boudary areas of the Rivers State are also telling this publication that there is a growing presence of security operatives in their areas.

Governor Wike has appealed to the local people to cooperate in the fight against terrorism,  urging them to report suspicious movements in their communities.