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Osun State suspends 24-hour curfew

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….government will not hesitate to reinstate the curfew if the need arises.

Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun state has suspended the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed to forestall breakdown of law and order.

The state government said the suspended curfew will be effective from today, Friday October 23 till further notice.

Oyetola, in a statement through the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, commended the residents of the state for a high level of compliance.

However, he noted the government will not hesitate to reinstate the curfew if the need arises.

It reads in part: “The Government of the State of Osun note the high level of compliance with the 24-hour curfew earlier declared to forestall breakdown of law and order. We commend the residents and citizens of Osun for their show of understanding and cooperation in the last 48 hours of the curfew.

“We equally commend our youths for displaying a high sense of maturity in carrying out their protest. After reviewing the situation of the last 48 hours and following the inauguration of the State’s Judicial Panel of Inquiry on Police Brutality, the Governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, hereby suspends the 24-hour curfew, effective from today, Friday, October 23, 2020, till further notice.

“The suspension is to allow members of the public approach the Panel to make their submissions and to go about their lawful businesses.

“However the Government will not hesitate to reinstate the curfew should the need arise.

“The government remains committed to the cause of our youths and the #EndSARS protesters and shall take every necessary step to ensure that their demands are met.

“Considering the Government’s commitment and determination to meet the demands of the protesters, we appeal to the protesting youths to suspend their protest and engage Government in a dialogue.

“All citizens and residents are enjoined to be peaceful and to be law-abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property.”

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