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Bayelsa imposes dusk-to-dawn curfew on waterways over insecurity

The government of Bayelsa has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on its waterways.

This is part of measures taken by the state government to curtail sea piracy, kidnappings and other criminal activities.

This was announced on Monday by the governor, Duoye Diri at the end of the 12th state security council meeting, held at government house, Yenagoa.

According to Diri, the curfew on water transportation, which takes immediate effect, is between 7 pm and 6 am.

The governor also announced a ban on the use of 200-hp speed boats.

Also briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, Akpoebi Agberebi, special adviser on security matters to the governor, said, henceforth, no permit would be issued for the use of 200-hp engines.

He warned that violators would face the full wrath of the law.

He, however, said there will be concessions for emergency movement during the curfew hours.

He called on residents to report violators to the state security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo.

Agberebi also said the council resolved that communities, whose lands had been acquired by the state government, should desist from any form of protests.

He said some communities had been constituting a nuisance by taking the laws into their hands and depriving other citizens of their freedom of movement.

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