Kwara Governor declares 24-hour curfew following widespread looting


Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has imposed a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin, the state capital, followinf widespread looting by irate thugs.

The governor made the announcement in a statewide broadcast late Friday night.

Earlier on Friday, hoodlums had invaded a government warehouse and looted flood relief materials.

There have also been reports of widespread looting of private businesses.

The governor condemned the looting, describing it as “a pure act of criminality.”

Acvording to him, “the curfew takes effect 12am Saturday morning.”

AbdulRazaq urged residents to stay indoors in compliance with the curfew as security forces had been directed to maintain strict compliance.

The governor apologised to business owners who had been hurt by looting, urging them to be calm.

He stated: “I have just had an emergency security meeting with heads of various security agencies in the state. This is to assess the situation in the state.

“Over the last few days, I had earlier met with the traditional rulers, opinion leaders, members of the student community, and many other stakeholders in the state.

“Our observation is that what has happened so far today was not a protest. It cannot be defended under any guise.

“It was a pure act of criminality. Some persons are hiding under the nationwide tension to commit crimes.

“The government has a duty to protect law abiding citizens and their properties.

“Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2 and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“While the curfew is on, security forces have been placed on the alert to maintain strict compliance.

“I urge citizens to comply by this declaration which is meant to protect lives and properties.

“Finally, we apologise to our people and businesses that have been badly hurt. I urge them to be calm while we stop the criminality now.”

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