The Osun State Government and that of the Ondo state has imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the state, effective from 11:59 pm on Tuesday, October 20, until further notice.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has declared a 24-hour curfew on the state.
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The curfew was declared on Tuesday following days of protests embarked by youths in the state as well as in other parts of the country under the End SARS campaign.
With the state yet to experience violent protest on the part of the protesting youths, Akeredolu stated that the move was to forestall breakdown of law and order as witnessed in other states.
According to the governor, the curfew will commence at 12 am on Wednesday with exception to those on essential services.
The curfew was declared during a statewide broadcast by the governor on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile that of Osun state government, in a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Wole Oyebamiji noted that with a high sense of responsibility the unfortunate dangerous dimension the End SARS protests have assumed across the country, particularly in the South-West States.
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He recalled Saturday’s attack on the governor, saying Oyetola would not have been alive to preside over Tuesday’s security meeting.
He said, “In spite of the Saturday incident, we have allowed the protest to continue in the hope that the real protesters would take charge of the protest.
“Events of the last 48 hours have, however, shown clearly that the protests have been hijacked by criminals and hoodlums.
“As a responsible and responsive government that took the sacred oath to protect the lives and property of our citizens, we will not sit and watch criminals unleash terror on our State.
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“By implication, there shall be no movement except those on essential duties who will be permitted to move around. These sets of persons must have valid identifications to move around during the period of the curfew.
“All citizens and residents are enjoined to comply with this directive as any person found contravening this order shall be arrested and made to face the wrath of the law.
“I enjoin all our citizens to be peaceful and to be law-abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property,” the statement read.