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#EndSARS: Akeredolu lifts curfew as peace returns to Akure

#EndSARS: Akeredolu lifts curfew as peace returns to Akure
Written by Maritime First

…Lagos govt relaxes curfew from Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.***

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has lifted the 24 – hour indefinite curfew he imposed on the state, following the return of peace to Akure, the state capital.

Mr Donald Ojogo, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, said on Friday in Akure, that the decision is with effect from Saturday.

The newsmen report that Akeredolu imposed the curfew on Wednesday to prevent loss of lives and properties as #EndSARS protesters took to the street in some major cities of the state.

According to Ojogo, the decision to lift the curfew follows consultations between the governor and security chiefs in the state after a preliminary assessment of the security situation.

“The relative peace in the state capital, Akure, appears very encouraging just as the people’s resolve, especially the youths, not to allow brigandage under any guise is equally palpable.

“It is, therefore, only normal that law-abiding residents are allowed to go about their legitimate businesses.

“Government, however, emphasizes the need for all to be vigilant and law-abiding.

“This is more so, that security agencies deployed to strategic areas of the state capital are under strict directives to enforce law and order for the enforcement of permanent peace,” he said.

In the meantime, the Lagos State Government on Friday announced the easing of curfew from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced this on Friday at the Lagos House, Marina, adding that the curfew would likely be reviewed by Monday, Oct. 26.

“We have decided that we are going to be easing the curfew from tomorrow (Saturday) morning. So what that easing means is that people will be allowed to go out from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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“We have also commenced the clean-up of the city, because the city needs a whole lot of clean-up, a whole lot of roadblocks, tyres burnt on the roads,´´ Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) was already on the roads to clear the city.

According to him, motorists should be careful because of the roadblocks, in case LAWMA had not finished clearing the roads.

“Please, if you don’t need to go out, please stay at home, but if you must go out and you are driving, please be careful because there are a lot of barricades.

“We will look at the curfew on Saturday and Sunday, then we will come back to review by Monday. Lagos needs to heal and the healing process has started.

“From now, moving forward is to say that we need to continue to heal ourselves, we need to continue to talk to ourselves.

“We need to advise and implore some of our citizens that are still using social media to instigate, or to ask people to stand up again, or to incite the citizens, young men, I need to say that enough is enough, we need to heal ourselves,´´ he said.

 

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