Residents of Obinze, a satellite settlement in Owerri, Imo state have appealed to Gov Hope Uzodimma to relax the curfew he imposed on the state as a result of the Endsars protests that recently turned violent and bloody. Some of the residents who spoke to our reporter Thursday complained bitterly about the way and manner soldiers harass and malhandle many of them especially on their way back from work immediately it is 6pm. According to them, some of them are health workers, traders, fuel station workers, fast food and restaurant workers, as such, it is a near impossibility for them to close work by 6pm and get home same time without being caught in the web of the curfew.
The described the Endsars protest that precipitated the curfew as a bye-gone matter hence the appeal for the lifting of the restriction by the governor.
“We have suffered a lot since this year and made poorer with the coronavirus pandemic and coming now to restrict our movements at evening which is the peak of any business in Owerri is most disheartening. We plead with our dear governor, Sen Hope Uzodimma to pull us out of this hell called curfew even as we urge our youths to fully get off the streets and never to engage again in the destruction of public and private properties and facilities. Obinze is well populated and home to most lecturers in FUTO and Imo Poly but the way we are particularly treated by soldiers even before 6pm unlike other areas in Owerri is better experienced than imagined”.