Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun on Saturday imposed a fresh 24-hour curfew on the state until further notice.
The announcement came barely 48 hours after the governor announced the suspension of the earlier dusk-to-dawn curfew which was imposed on the state due to the #EndSARS protests by some youths.
Oyetola, in a broadcast in Osogbo, said that the fresh curfew, which took immediate effect, was to prevent anarchy and looting of government and private properties by hoodlums.
“It is also to prevent the situation from degenerating into a large-scale breakdown of law and order,” he said
It would be recalled that the governor on Tuesday imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state to tackle the rising violence and stem damages caused by hoodlums under the guise of #EndSARS protest.
However, the governor on Friday announced the suspension of the curfew but barely 12 hours after the suspension, hoodlums started looting warehouses, where COVID-19 palliatives were stored, as well as private stores.
The National Grain Silos in Ilesa was not spared, as hoodlums looted all the food items kept therein.
The hoodlums reportedly continued the looting of government and private properties across the state on Saturday morning.
The governor said the decision to reinstate the curfew was taken after an emergency security meeting on Saturday afternoon, where the whole situation was reviewed and assessed.
Oyetola said that the meeting arrived at the inevitable conclusion of declaring a fresh round of curfew in the state.
He said: “This conclusion was reached to avert the continuation of this irresponsible act, especially now that the genuine protesters have suspended their protest earlier today.
“My fellow citizens, the declaration of a 24-hour curfew, which will be until further notice, is to prevent the current state of anarchy from degenerating into a large-scale breakdown of law and order.”
The governor said that it was unfortunate that hoodlums had taken advantage of government’s action to wantonly loot government and private properties, including private business premises and homes, in several parts of the state.
He condemned the incident, saying that it was totally unacceptable.
He said that during the curfew, there would be no vehicular or human movement, stressing that only those on essential duties, with proper identification, would be allowed to move around.
Oyetola, who urged the citizens of the state to return home and remain home until further notice, warned that violators of the curfew would be apprehended and prosecuted in line with the extant laws of the state.
He said that security operatives had been deployed to all parts of the state to restore and maintain law and order within the ambit of the law.