The Osun, Plateau and Kaduna state governments have imposed fresh curfews on their states as part of security measures to contain the violence and looting perpetrated by hoodlums who took advantage of the #EndSARS protest.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State on Saturday imposed a fresh 24-hour curfew on the state, noting that the step was to prevent anarchy and looting of government and private properties.
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State said the latest curfew was necessary to prevent miscreants from breaking into the government’s warehouses to cart away palliatives and other relief materials.
In Kaduna State, the state government on Saturday imposed a 24-hour curfew in some communities in the Kaduna South and Chikun local government areas.
Oyetola, in a state broadcast in Osogbo, said the fresh curfew was to prevent the situation from degenerating into a large-scale breakdown of law and order.
The National Grain Silos in Ilesa town in the state had been attacked by hoodlums who looted all the food items kept there.
The hoodlums were also said to have continued the looting of both government and private properties across the state on Saturday morning.
Oyetola said, “This inevitable conclusion was reached to avert the continuation of this irresponsible act, especially, now that the genuine protesters have suspended their protest earlier today.
“My fellow citizens, the declaration of a 24-hour curfew, which will be until further notice, is to prevent the current state of anarchy from degenerating into a large-scale breakdown of law and order.”
He warned that security operatives had been deployed in all parts of the state to restore and maintain law and order within the ambit of the law.
In Jos, Lalong said, “Some hoodlums broke into the warehouses where palliatives delivered to the state by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development last week were stored and awaiting distribution and carted them away.
“This looting has spread to other facilities and is gradually degenerating, thereby threatening the peace and security of the state. To avoid further escalation, I hereby direct the immediate reinstatement of the 24-hour curfew from today till further notice.
“By this, security agencies are directed to enforce the curfew and ensure that all violators are arrested and prosecuted.”
In Kaduna, the state government also on Saturday imposed a curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun local government areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who stated this in a statement, said the curfew was with immediate effect.
The areas are Barnawa and Kakuri in Kaduna South Local Government Area, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi and Ungwan Romi of Chikun Local Government Area.
Meanwhile, in Abia, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered the relaxation of the curfew starting Sunday (today).
Also in Delta State, the Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, announced the easing of the curfew imposed on the state, saying that residents were now allowed to go out.