A three-day curfew has been declared by the Abia state governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu in Aba which starts from 6pm to 6am on Tuesday and ends on Thursday, this week.
The curfew was declared by the state governor in a statement issued on Tuesday following the Nigerian army’s invasion of the state after the launch of a military exercise tagged, Operation Python Dance II in the state and other south-eastern states.
In the statement, the governor expressed concern over the military exercise especially after the circulation of a viral video which showed the Nigerian army with their armoured tankers surrounding the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
The video also showed scores of IPOB youths barricading the street leading to their leader’s house prompting fears of a possible violent breakout as tempers are on the high.
Recall also that the Nigerian army had, a couple of days ago, deployed troops, including weapons to the south-eastern states, in an exercise it tagged Operation Egwu Eke II or Operation Python Dance II.
The army gave reasons for such deployment to include tackling kidnapping, violent agitations and protecting the territorial integrity of Nigeria.
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