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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

We May Impose Curfew In Ogun If....., Abiodun Tells Residents

 

Governor Abiodun

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 

ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Government has announced that it may impose curfew on the state if the ongoing protest by the youths continue to ceased. 


The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun disclosed this on Tuesday evening while addressing journalists on the situation reports of the EndSARS protest across the state. 


Governor Abiodun said following the prevailing situation, particularly emerging threats to public safety and security which include, burning of Police stations, vandalization of properties, disruption of vehicular movements on major highways leading to traffic gridlocks, the government has considered a number of options including imposing curfew on the state. 


He noted that, as responsive government, his administration has adopted a deliberate and measured approach to ensure safety of lives and properties which include, closing of all schools till Monday, 26th October, 2020, suspension of Okada operation in the state, increased security around the correctional centres and public buildings, deployment of joint patrol teams of security agencies to ensure no threat to public security among others. 


He said government will review the developments on a 24-hourly basis and would not hesitate to announce stringent measures as may be considered necessary. 


The governor, however, called on the youth groups in the state to appoint leaders among themselves to interface with the state government for further dialogue. 


He therefore appealed to parents and other stakeholders to warn their children to avoid any act capable of truncating the peaceful coexistence of the state. 


"Earlier today, I held a meeting with security chiefs in the state. After an assessment of the prevailing situation, particularly emerging threats to public safety and security, as a responsible Administration, we considered a number of options, including imposing a curfew on the state. 


"However, in line with our focused, deliberate and measured approach, we are adopting the following measures in the meantime: All schools are closed till Monday, 26th October, 2020, Operation of commercial motorcycle, popularly called okada, is suspended across the state for tomorrow, Wednesday, 21st October, in the first instance, Increased security around the correctional centres and public buildings,  Blockade of highways and molestation of innocent citizens going about their lawful business by protesters will no longer be tolerated, Deployment of joint patrol teams of security agencies to ensure no threat to public security.


"We will be reviewing developments on a 24-hourly basis and will not hesitate to announce stringent measures as may be considered necessary.


"I must emphasise that we cannot fold our arms and let the state descend into anarchy. No right is absolute. In exercising our rights, we must respect the rights of others. There cannot be a better tomorrow, if we destroy today and the foundation being laid for tomorrow.  


"Let me warn that Ogun State will not be conducive to anyone who may want to test the resolve of government to provide security or those who may want to come from other states to foment trouble in our dear State. The security agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance with the measures announced to ensure security of lives and properties.


"Once again, we are hereby requesting the youth groups to appoint leaders amongst themselves for a meeting with the governor for further dialogue.


"Therefore, I appeal to all parents, guardians, traditional and religious leaders and indeed all stakeholders to rein their children and wards to avoid any act that may breach public peace or bring them into confrontation with the law enforcement agencies. 


"I urge all to take full advantage of the windows available to express grievances in peaceful manners, including the Ogun State Human Rights Complaints Report portal and allow time for full implementation of the various government initiatives in response to their demands.


"We must continue to be on eagle alert so that some unscrupulous element who do not have the love of this Nation at heart; who do not share the same development ideals; who may want to take advantage of this situation for their selfish motives, to hijack the process."

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