Following the eruption of violence arising from the ongoing nationwide protest which has claimed lives and destroyed property, the Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has declared a 24-hour curfew.
He made the declaration this evening in a live broadcast to the residents of the state.
The Curfew is to take effect this midnight till further notice.
Those on essential duties are exempted while markets, schools, malls, filling stations are to remain closed.
He implored security agents to ensure strict compliance.
Akeredolu urged the protesters to be wary of infiltrators who might want to hijack the protest and unleash mayhem on the innocent citizens.
He noted that the state government had inaugurated a judicial panel of inquiry to look into the demands of the youths while adding that implementation of some had commenced.
Governor Akeredolu who noted that the State has not experienced any ugly trend of the #EndSARS expressed confidence that the good people of the state will continue to display the same level of patriotism as the problem is not local.
He decried the attack of Correctional centres where criminals and inmates were set free in other states, adding that it portends grave consequences for the country.
“Some Police Stations have been burnt and arms and ammunition carted away. Some lives have been lost and property destroyed. The implications of this for the health of the society can better be imagined.” Governor Akeredolu added.
He said:”We must all resist the temptations to join the bandwagon of directionless and unpatriotic Nigerians. The Government is looking seriously into all these issues with a view to resolving them and giving our youths confidence.
“This Administration has the obligation to protect all citizens including the youths. It will not shirk its responsibility in this regard.“
According to the Governor, all parents and guardians are advised to ensure that their wards are kept in their homes.
“All bars, banks, shops, petrol stations, shopping malls, markets, motor parks and all public spaces are to comply with this directive forthwith except those on essentials services will be permitted to be on the road. Security agencies have been directed to ensure compliance.“ Governor Akeredolu declared.
While commending the protesting youths, Governor Akeredolu said the nature of articulation of issues concerning the grievances has offered relief for the society, especially as it grapples with social development with strict regard to the youths.
He noted that the Government is not unmindful of the current frustration, saying he empathised with the youths for the untoward experiences, which has been the focus of the unrest.
“We offer our unreserved apologies for the seeming lapses which have contributed, largely, to the current misunderstanding. It is our fervent hope that the State will come out stronger from this experience.” The Governor stressed.