ENDSARS: Ogun govt closes schools, bans road blockage

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Governor Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State Government has said it will not fold its arms and let the state descend into anarchy.

He said this on Tuesday after reviewing what he termed “the emerging threats to public safety and security,” given the #ENDSARS protests which had continued for over 12 days, across the country.

Rising from a security council meeting with security chiefs in the state, the governor announced some measures to mitigate any breach of security and peace in the state.

Governor Abiodun has ordered all schools in the state to remain shut from today Wednesday 21st October till Monday 26th October, 2020.

He equally ordered “the suspension of operation of commercial motorcycle, popularly called okada across the state for today Wednesday, 21st October, in the first instance,” and might be subjected to review.

The governor also warned that blockade of highways and molestation of innocent citizens going about their lawful business by protesters would no longer be tolerated.

While he promised to ensure “increased security around the correctional centres and public buildings, the governor also said there will be deployment of joint patrol teams of security agencies to ensure no threat to public security.”

While he added that no right was absolute, he noted that in exercising individual rights, there  must be respect for the rights of others.

The governor added that he would be reviewing developments in the state on a 24-hourly basis and would not hesitate to announce stringent measures as might be considered necessary.

The governor who said some hoodlums on motorcycles killed a customs officer in one of the border communities on Tuesday, warned trouble makers from other states to steer clear of the state.

He stressed that there could not be a better tomorrow, “if we destroy today and the foundation being laid for tomorrow.”

The governor recalled the steps he had taken so far to address issues arising from police brutality which include setting up of judicial panel of investigation and  the development of Human Rights Complaints Report portal to make it easy for citizens to report cases on rights abuses by security agencies with facility to upload audio/video and documentary evidence.

He said others were the establishment of a forensic Laboratory for the police to aid in their investigation and intelligence gathering, and investment in training of the police officers to make them more professional and effective.

Governor Abiodun has urged the youth groups to appoint leaders among themselves for a meeting with him for further dialogue.

He said the security agencies had been directed to ensure full compliance with the measures announced to ensure security of lives and properties in the state.

​He advised Nigerians to be on eagle alert so that some unscrupulous elements who did not have the love of this nation at heart might want to take advantage of the #ENDSARS protests for their selfish motives, to hijack the process.

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