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Police extend curfew in Bayelsa

The police in Bayelsa have extended the curfew imposed on the state in the aftermath of violent protests that followed the Supreme Court judgement in the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Uche Anozia, had last Friday declared dusk- to- dawn curfew from Friday to Sunday to check the breakdown of law and order.

Anozia on Monday extended the curfew to February 23 from 10 pm to 6 am following what he described as credible intelligence available to the police command.

He said: “The Bayelsa State police command wishes to commend the general public over their good conduct in observing the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the state as a result of violent protest that accompanied the Supreme Court judgement on Thursday February 13.

“On the other hand, in the light of credible intelligence available to the command vis-a-vis the prevailing security situation in Bayelsa State, the command has deemed it necessary to review and extend the curfew to Sunday February 23, 2020 with effect from today February 17th 2020 from 10pm to 6am.

Violent protests erupted in the state after the Supreme Court quashed the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Chief David Lyon, directing that the part with the second highest votes be declared winner.

Consequently, Senator Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party was declared winner and sworn in as Governor of the State last Friday.

Alambo Datonye

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