Osun Suspends Curfew

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By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

Osun State government Friday suspended the curfew imposed three days ago due to unending protest by the youth.

However the government noted the high level of compliance with the 24-hour curfew earlier declared to forestall breakdown of law and order.

A statement signed and made available to journalists in Osogbo by the Chief Press secretary to the state Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Mallam Ismail Omipidan
commended the residents and citizens of Osun for their show of understanding and cooperation in the last 48 hours of the curfew.

(It commended the youths for displaying high sense of maturity in carrying out their protest.

The statement read: “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, Government will not hesitate to reinstate the curfew should the need arise.

” 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 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.

“May God continue to bless and keep the State of Osun.”