60th independence: Ogun State imposes curfew, holds low-key celebration

Governor Dapo Abiodun
 The Ogun State Government has opted for a low-key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of the nation.
And it has equally imposed curfew that would last from 10pm till 6am on Thursday and Friday.
These  were contained in a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin
The statement indicated that state opted for low key celebration as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure public health, safety and security.
Somorin announced the relocation of the Diamond Independence Anniversary activities earlier scheduled to hold at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta to the Arcade Ground of the State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said in line with COVID-19 Protocols, admission to the venue will be strictly by invitation.
All guests at the function are to observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones.
In additional to safety measures to ensure that the 60th Independence is celebrated in an atmosphere of peace and security, the state government announced restriction of operations of commercial motorcycle riders, popularly called Okada, from all major roads in the state from 10pm from Thursday all through to 6am on Friday.
Again, operations of all commercial buses are also suspended from 10pm tonight till Friday morning, while taxi cabs are permitted to operate within the hours outside the daily curfew period.
It also indicated that all forms of gathering in the state, except the state- announced Independence Day Anniversary programme, “are restricted to a maximum of 20 persons from 10pm Thursday till 6am on Friday.”
 Procession whatsoever  of any kind is not allowed either.
While Governor Dapo Abiodun congratulates all Nigerians and citizens of Ogun State in particular on this auspicious occasion, he  “strongly advised that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country.”
He urged the residents to monitor and report any suspicious movements and activities in their neighbourhood to the security agencies.


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