Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Tuesday ordered the closure of all schools and the suspension of motorcycle operations in the state due to the prevailing situation surrounding the EndSARS protests in the state.
Abiodun stated this during a press conference in Abeokuta on Tuesday night.
The governor noted that the school were to be closed till Monday, October 26 , saying that operation of motorcycles called okada was suspended for Wednesday in the first instance.
He added that blockade of highways and molestation of innocent citizens going about their lawful business by protesters would no longer be tolerated.
Abiodun explained that the state would deploy joint patrol teams of security agencies to ensure no threat to public security.
He added that the state government had called for Increased security around the correctional centres and public buildings.
“Despite all the engagements and practical demonstration of government commitment to addressing the demands of the protesters to bring an end to the agitation, particularly since most of the issues have been addressed, the protest has since escalated into another dimension, which we have seen.
“And very sadly, a custom officer was killed earlier today (Tuesday) by a mob on okadas in one of our border towns.
“The incidents in our state are not isolated cases, indeed there are worse and gory reports of disturbing developments in other states across the country, including jail breaks and loss of lives and properties.
“I held a meeting with security chiefs in the state. After an assessment of the prevailing situation, particularly emerging threats to public safety and security.
“As a responsible administration, we considered a number of options, including imposing a curfew on the state. However, in line with our focused, deliberate and measured approach, we had to take these decisions.
“We are hereby requesting the youth groups to appoint leaders amongst themselves for a meeting with the governor for further dialogue.
“We will be reviewing developments on a 24-hourly basis and will not hesitate to announce stringent measures as may be considered necessary.