Osun Declares 24-hour Curfew in Two LGAs over Communal Violence
Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Osun State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in Irepodun and Orolu Local Government Areas of the state, following the violence that broke out between Ilobu and Erin-Osun communities last Saturday.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Wole Oyebamiji, said the declaration of curfew became necessary to calm tension in the troubled area. This will subsist until further notice.
Recall that only about few hours ago, the state Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, had ordered the immediate deployment of armed policemen with support from the army to restore law and order.
“As a responsible and responsive government that took the sacred oath to protect the lives and property of our citizens, we believe that the declaration of the curfew is the way to go in this circumstance.
“By this, security operatives have been directed to arrest and prosecute any person found violating the curfew and those responsible for the violence.
“All citizens and residents of the affected local government areas are enjoined to comply with this directive as any person found contravening this order shall be made to face the wrath of the law.
“The government enjoins all our citizens to be peaceful and to be law-abiding as all efforts shall be made to protect them and their property,” he stated.