Breaking News: Second State To Impose Curfew In 2020 And Reasons
The governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, has imposed a 48-hour curfew in the state following Wednesday night’s arson and destruction of government property in Asaba by some youth “disguising as protesters.”
He also announced the closure of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state until November 2, 2020.
Mr Okowa made this known in a statewide broadcast in Asaba on Thursday, saying that the curfew would commence at 6 pm on Thursday, a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, revealed
He said that the peaceful protests by #ENDSARS protesters had been hijacked by suspected criminals, and stated that the state government would not watch the elements to have a field day.
The governor commended the #ENDSARS protesters for their peaceful conduct, but appealed to them to give peace a chance by allowing the government to address their demands.
He also appealed to parents and guardians to ensure that their children and wards were properly accounted for, and urged traditional rulers and opinion leaders to lend their voices to the appeal.
The governor urged youth leaders, community mobilisers and social media influencers, to have a rethink on the protest in the interest of the nation.
“My dear people of Delta State, it has become necessary for me to address you following the unfortunate turn of events in our nation.
“In all my communications with you in the last two weeks, I have consistently maintained that the #ENDSARS protest is a laudable one that has drawn national attention and outcry to the brutalities Nigerians, particularly the youths, have endured in the hands of the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.