Oetola announces 24-hour curfew in Osuna
Gboyega Oetola, the governor of Osun state, has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state as tensions over bandits continue to rise.
According to The PUNCH, this will happen just 24 hours after the suspension of the initial state-imposed curfew for riots caused by criminals.
The governor made the announcement on state broadcasts Saturday.
He said: “The government is very disappointed that the state yesterday violated the suspension of the previously announced 24-hour curfew to prevent violations of law and order and protect the lives and property of citizens and residents.
“It is unfortunate that thugs and criminals took advantage of government actions to arbitrarily loot public and private property, including private business premises and homes in various parts of the state this morning. This is unacceptable and condemned.
“After an emergency security meeting this afternoon where the whole situation was reviewed and assessed, we came to the inevitable conclusion of a curfew. Accordingly, I am declaring a 24-hour statewide curfew with immediate effect.
“This inevitable conclusion was made to prevent the continuation of this irresponsible act, especially now that the real protesters have suspended their protest today.
“My fellow citizens, the announcement of a 24-hour curfew, which will be in effect indefinitely until further notice, serves to prevent the current state of anarchy from escalating into a large-scale collapse of law and order.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there will be no vehicles (including Okada) or people at this time. Only those with important tasks will be able to move. These people must also carry appropriate identification to access.
“Violators of the curfew will be prosecuted in accordance with current state law.
“I order all our citizens and residents to return home and stay in their homes until further notice.
“I assure them of their safety at this time, as always, as security agents have been deployed to all parts of the state to restore and maintain law and order within the law.”