From Franca Nweke With what is happening in Umuahia, the killings of some people and multiple attacks on some public facilities in parts of Imo State yesterday and early morning of Monday by some unknown gunmen, Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has declared curfew in Umuahia and Aba cities. A press statement released on Monday signed by Chief John Okiyi Kalu, the Commissioner for Information, said the curfew would start from Monday on 10 pm to 6 am daily till further notice. Governor ikpeazu said, the decision to impose the curfew was a product of intelligence reports the State government received, adding that there was the need to protect Abians from harm. The statement read, " Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has directed the imposition of curfew in Aba and Umuahia metropolis between 10pm and 6am daily from today, Monday, 5th April, 2021 till further notice. This is sequel to security reports received from multiple sources, and informed by the need to continue to protect innocent citizens and residents of the state. Security agencies in the state have been directed to ensure strict enforcement and compliance with the directive. Only those on essential services with proper identification are exempted from the curfew. We urge traditional rulers, men of the State Homeland Security Team and Community Vigilante Services in the state to monitor movement of persons within their respective domains and take necessary measures to protect the people and their property. All law abiding citizens are advised to go about their normal duties, outside the curfew period, without fear of molestation as the security architecture of the state is robust enough to guarantee their safety, thank you," the statement concluded. It would be recalled that the residents of ththe State like Aba, Umuahia were gripped by fear following reports of attacks in nearby Imo State since Sunday by some unknown gunmen. Also, the proximity of Imo towns like Ngor Okpala, Obowo, Ihite Uboma, etc to Abia State may have also made Governor Ikpeazu to act fast to protect Abians.