As part of measures to curtail sea piracy, kidnappings and other criminal activities, the Bayelsa government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on its waterways.

As part of measures to curtail sea piracy, kidnappings and other criminal activities, the Bayelsa government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on its waterways.

Gov. Duoye Diri, who announced the measure at the end of the 12th state Security Council meeting, held at Government House, Yenagoa, said the curfew on water transportation, which takes immediate effect, is between 7pm and 6am, as he also announced a ban on the use of 200-hp speed boats.

Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, the Special Adviser on Security Matters 1, Akpoebi Agberebi, said, henceforth, no permit would be issued for the use of 200-hp engines, warning that violators would face the full wrath of the law.

He, however, said that there would be concessions for emergency movement, during the curfew hours, while calling on Bayelsa people to feel free to report violators to the state security outfit, Operation Doo-Akpo, on its dedicated phone line 07006464644.

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

He stated that some communities, still parading themselves as landlords, had constituted a nuisance by taking the laws into their hands and depriving other citizens their freedom of movement.