The State Government of Osun has declared a 24-hour indefinite curfew across the State.
The announcement was made by the State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, through a broadcast in Osogbo, the State capital.
The Governor said the decision to declare the curfew followed the “wanton looting of government and private property, including private business premises and homes in several parts of the State.”
The Governor further said: “Government notes with huge disappointment, the abuse of the suspension, a day ago, of the 24-hour curfew earlier declared in the State to forestall the breakdown of law and order and protect the lives and property of citizens and residents.
“After an Emergency Security Meeting this afternoon, where the whole situation was reviewed and assessed, we came to the inevitable conclusion to declare a curfew. Consequently, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew across the whole State with immediate effect.
“My fellow citizens, the declaration of a 24-hour curfew, which will be indefinite until further notice, is to prevent the current state of anarchy from degenerating into large-scale breakdown of law and order.
“For the avoidance of doubt, there shall be no vehicular (including Okada) or human movement during this period. Only those on essential duties will be permitted to move around. These persons too must carry with them proper identification to allow access.”
He advised residents of the State to return home immediately and remain in their homes until further notice. He also assured them of their safety during this period.