- The curfew imposed in Delta state has been adjusted
- A statement by authorities in the state announced a relaxation of the curfew
- Peace is gradually returning to affected parts of the state after hoodlums hijacked a peaceful protest
The Delta government has announced a relaxation of the curfew imposed after the hijack of the peaceful #ENDSARS protests by suspected miscreants in the state.
The announcement was made by the commissioner for information, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, in a statement on Saturday, October 31.
Aniagwu said that the curfew, which had run from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. would now be between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
The state government expressed appreciation to Deltans for observing the curfew, which it noted is expected to restore normalcy in the state.
Part of the statement read:
“As a government, we are not unmindful of the stress our people are going through on account of the curfew, but it was inevitable in order to protect the lives and property of Deltans.
“I must thank Deltans for protecting the interest of our common patrimony by ensuring that no further destruction of public buildings was recorded in the state.’’
Aniagwu appealed to Deltans to comply with the curfew regulation to ensure that peace prevailed in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had imposed a 48-hour curfew on the state on Thursday, October 22 following wanton destruction of public buildings in parts of the state during the #ENDSARS protests.
At the expiration of 48 hours, the governor extended it and adjusted to begin at 6 p.m. and end at 8 a.m. daily.
Meanwhile, the Delta state government has constituted an eight-member judicial panel of enquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality and extra-judicial killings in the state.
A statement signed by the secretary to Delta state government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, said that the panel was approved by Governor Okowa.
On his part, Governor Okowa has called on the federal government to quickly resuscitate the Warri Port, saying it is key to curbing unemployment in Delta state and the nation at large.
The governor made the call at a town hall meeting with youths, including #ENDSARS protesters, civil society groups, students, social groups, community leaders, and stakeholders on Thursday, October 29 in Warri.
He said the federal government should focus on reviving Warri port and other seaports in Delta state to create employment.
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