#EndSARS: Governor Abiodun closes all schools, bans okada in Ogun State
Following the cases of violence due to the ongoing protests against police brutality, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has ordered the immediate closure of schools in Ogun State from October 21 till October 26.
This was announced at a press conference he addressed at his Oke-Mosan office, Abeokuta, the Governor also ordered the ban of the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada in Ogun State starting from Wednesday, October 21.
Governor Abiodun also disclosed that there will be deployment of joint patrol teams of security agencies to ensure no threat to public security, increased security around correctional facilities and public buildings.
According to the Governor, his administration has identified with the protesters and has been doing all that was necessary to ensure their demands are met.
“In solidarity with the totality of peaceful protesters exercising their fundamental rights, I facilitated the immediate release from custody, of over 30 of our youth on behalf of our responsible and responsive Government,” Governor Abiodun noted.
“Subsequent protests have however taken a violent turn, with reports and records of violence; burning of Police stations; vandalisation of private and public properties; blockades on major highways, and extortion of innocent citizens at same; and deployment of Okada to transport hoodlums.
“Most worrisome are the lynching of a Customs officer by an Okada mob today, and last week’s attack on a top government functionary’s vehicle, which made us consider many options.
Prior to press briefing, Governor Abiodun held a meeting with security chiefs in the state where they considered many options including the imposition of a curfew. However, other options were considered in place of curfew.