Cross River and Kwara states have imposed 24-hour curfew following the outbreak of violence in the state. THE peaceful protest against police brutality had gone violence since Tuesday across the country. Not fewer than ten states have imposed curfew to curb the wantom destruction of properties.
Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state starting from 6pm on Friday.
Ayade announced the curfew through a press statement signed by his media aide, Christian Ita. According to the statement, the curfew followed “the hijacking of the peaceful protest against police brutality in the state by hoodlums.”
“Residents of the state are advised to observe the curfew as security agents have been mandated to arrest anybody who flouts it,” the governor warned.
The state government’s warehouse was looted on Friday.
In the same vein, Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the people of the state from midnight today (Saturday).
The governor made the announcement in a statewide broadcast on Midland 99.1 FM.
Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.
“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2 and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.
“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”
He asked security agents to enforce the curfew as from midnight and restore normalcy in the state.
Many public facilities including the Ilorin Airport Cargo Terminal, Agro Mall, Customs office and ShopRite Mall in Ilorin have been vandalized while Palliatives including Rice, Yamflour, Indomine and other food items and electronics as well as phones and building materials were looted by hoodlums who invaded the places.