- Another state government has declared a curfew in its domain following the escalating crisis in some parts of the country
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta declared a 48-hour curfew in the state following reports of arson
- The governor also lamented over the destruction of government property in Asaba, the state capital
Delta governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has imposed a 48-hour curfew in the state following the arson and destruction of government property in Asaba by some youths disguising as protesters on Wednesday, October 21.
He also announced the closure of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state until Monday, November 2, 2020.
The governor announced the decision in a statewide broadcast in Asaba on Thursday, October 22 and said that the curfew would commence at 6 p.m.
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.
“It does appear that the #ENDSARS protest has been hijacked by some misguided and opportunistic elements. This sad situation threatens to plunge the state into chaos and anarchy.
“It is a clear and present danger that we must stop from happening; only last night, some government buildings were burnt in Asaba.’’
Okowa further stated that following the directive of the National Economic Council, he had inaugurated a judicial panel of enquiry to investigate cases of police brutality in the state, and had also set up a Victims Support Fund.
He expressed confidence that justice would be served and that grieving families would be able to have succour when the panel concludes its work.
He appealed to the youths to remain calm, law-abiding and give peace a chance.
“I want you to consider yourselves as having won this battle; the government is on your side and we are committed to righting the wrongs of the past.
“However, for us to be able to do that, we need an atmosphere of peace and security. We obviously cannot make progress in an atmosphere of unease, when public buildings are being torched, roads are being blocked, and when citizens are not allowed to go about their normal businesses.’’
Recall that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had on Wednesday, October 14, said with the outcome of the #EndSARS protests across Nigeria, leaders in the country will likely see things differently.
Okowa stated this when the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students of Delta origin and the National Executive of National Association of Delta State Students visited him at Government House, Asaba.
He commended youths who came out to protest over issues of police brutality and harassment, saying it will challenge leaders to focus more on issues that affect young people.
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