Ogun State Government declares curfew amid planned ‘revolutionary’ protest
Ogun State Government has declared curfew across the state starting from Wednesday, September 30 to Thursday, October 1st which will take effect from 10pm to 6am on both days.
The Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin made this announcement in a statement on Wednesday, he also added that commercial motorcycles popularly known as Okada are restricted from all major roads from 10pm on Wednesday t0 6am on Friday.
The statement which was titled ‘Ogun opts for low-key 60th independence anniversary’, was said to be expedient as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure public health, safety, and security.
“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 pm to tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 06:00 am,” the statement read.
“This curfew will again be effective tomorrow (Thursday) at the same time, 10:00 pm – 06:00 am.
“Restriction of operations of commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called Okada, from all major roads in the state from 10.pm tonight (Wednesday) all through to 6.00 am on Friday.
“Operations of all commercial buses are also suspended from 10.00 pm 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 10.00pm tonight till 6.00am on Friday “No procession whatsoever 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.”