INDEPENDENCE: Ogun govt imposes Curfew, Ban Statewide Independence Day Protest

The Ogun State government led by Dapo Abiodun has imposed a curfew on the state starting from Wednesday.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, who disclosed this in a statement, said the curfew would be in place from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. from Wednesday to Friday.

The government, according to the statement, also restricted the movement of commercial motorcycle riders from all major roads in the state during the period.

It added that the decision was necessary because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure public health, safety, and security in the state.

The statement read: “Additional safety measures to ensure that the 60th Independence is celebrated in an atmosphere of peace and security include: “There will be a curfew in Ogun State, effective tonight (Wednesday) from 10:00 p.m. to tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 06:00 a.m.

“This curfew will again be effective tomorrow (Thursday) at the same time, 10:00 p.m. – 06:00

a.m.

“Restriction of operations of commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called Okada, from all major roads in the state from 10:00 p.m. tonight (Wednesday) all through to 6:00 a.m. on Friday

“Operations of all commercial buses are also suspended from 10:00 p.m. tonight till Friday morning.

“Taxi (cabs) are permitted to operate within the hours outside the daily curfew period. However, the number of passengers remains limited to a maximum of three only.

“All forms of gathering in the state, except the state announced Independence Day Anniversary programme are restricted to a maximum of 20 persons from 10:00 p.m. tonight till 6:00 a.m. on Friday.

“No procession whatsoev

er is allowed.

“Owners and operators of hotels, suites, guest houses, motels, and such establishments providing accommodation should note that the restriction on operations has not been lifted.

“All residents are to monitor and report any suspicious movements and activities in their neighbourhood to the security agencies.”