The Imo State government said on Friday it would henceforth arrest illegal protesters on the streets of Owerri, the state capital, and other parts of the state.
The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, who disclosed this in a statement, accused the opposition elements of sponsoring protesters in the state.
He added that some persons who played key roles during protests in the state capital did not belong to the groups or unions for which they claimed membership and urged the people to be mindful of illegal protests.
Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodinma has urged the Muslim faithful to use the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir to pray for the end of COVID-19 scourge in the country.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachuku, the governor said this year’s celebration was peculiar because of the pandemic and urged Muslims in the state to observe all safety protocols put in place by the government.
The statement read: “Governor Uzodinma has felicitated the Muslim faithful on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir being celebrated all over the world.
“This year’s Eid-el-Kabir is peculiar because it is celebrated when the world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic of which Nigeria is not an exception.”