The Imo state government has lifted the curfew imposed in six local government areas of Orlu zone with effect from Saturday.
The release by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said that the effected Local Government Areas are: Oru west, Nkwere, Nwangele, Isu, Ideato north and Ideato south.
The release further disclosed that the curfew will remain strictly in place in Orlu , Orsu, Oru East and Njaba Local Government Areas.
It added that the government will continue to review the security situation in the remaining four Local Government Areas before taking any other action.
Meanwhile, the director general of Bureau for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the state, Peter Ohagwa, has enjoined people of Orlu zone to obey the directives of the State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma.
Ohagwa commended the Governor on the proactive action he has taken; pointing out that his quick intervention on the crisis has succeeded in calming the tension in the area.
He also enjoined traditional rulers to ensure that youths under their jurisdiction do not allow themselves to be used by anybody to cause trouble in any part of Orlu.
Ohagwa also appealed to the people of Orlu zone to work with the state government to ensure lasting peace and to avoid blame game, hate speeches and politicizing the crises.
Recall that Governor Uzodimma, in a statewide broadcast on Monday warned those causing trouble in the area and vowed to deal decisively with the perpetrators, stating that members of various security agencies have been fully deployed in the affected places on a 24-hour patrol, in order to calm the situation.