Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has imposed a 24- hour curfew across the state.
Ikpeazu announced this in a statement by his Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu on Tuesday.
He confirmed that a police officer was killed by yet-to-be-identified hoodlums.
Ikpeazu also approved a cash reward of five million naira only (N5, 000,000.00) to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest of the hoodlums and armed cultists.
The Governor added one million naira (N1,000,000.00) for each authentic video evidence on brutality and extrajudicial killings by security agents in the state to be submitted to the Judicial Panel of Inquiry being inaugurated to investigate the incidents.
He also directed security agents to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of the hoodlums, pursue a swift and complete recovery of the stolen arms.
“After detailed review and assessment of the general security situation, including reports of armed cultists and hoodlums sneaking into the state from different parts of the country in large numbers, the burning down of at least two police stations, reported killing of two policemen in the last two days as well as leaked plans to unleash more violence on innocent citizens,” the statement said.