By Timothy Alao, Osogbo
The Osun State Government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state following the violence, looting and vandalisation that raged through the state during the #EndSARS protests, reports The Gazelle News.com.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji on Wednesday, 28 October, 2020 said the relaxed curfew would take effect from Thursday, 29 October, 2020.
According to the statement, the restriction hours are 8pm and 6am.
The state government stated that the decision to relax the curfew was due to what it described as “high level of compliance” of residents to the curfew.
Motorcycle operators in the state will now operate between 6am and 8pm, this is a new order which will subsit even after the curfew is completely lifted.
The statement reads further:
“Security operatives will still remain on the streets to enforce the new curfew directive with a view to further maintaining law and order.
“As we all know, the curfew was never declared in the first instance to inflict hardship on our people but to protect them and return normalcy to the State.
“We commend the residents and citizens of Osun for their show of understanding and cooperation in the last five days of the curfew.
“We also laud our youths for displaying high sense of maturity and understanding in calling off any form of protest in light of the prevailing circumstances.
“Government remains committed to the cause of our youths and shall take every necessary step to ensure their welfare.
“Government also commends those who took advantage of the amnesty period to return looted items in line with the Omoluabi ethos for which we are known.
“Whistle Blowers could still reach out to us on 08187187678 for information on looted items.
“However, effective from tomorrow, Thursday, October 29, anyone found to be in possession of any looted item will be arrested, investigated and prosecuted as earlier announced.
“All citizens and residents are enjoined to be peaceful and be law abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property”.