The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made this disclosure when he met with heads of security agencies in the State in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, observed that the protest was taking a turn for the worse and therefore must not be allow to degenerate.
” We as a government identify with the protest. As their representative, it behooves on us to identify with their demands and aspirations. The protest is to display their anger on how they are treated by the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS).
” It is their right to protest. The Nigerian youth have demonstrated that they are the leaders of tomorrow. We have allowed them to show their anger, we have reached out to them, though they do not have a clear leader, but a collective leadership”, he noted.
Governor Abiodun who urged the youth to exercise restraint while exercising their right, admonished them not to infringe on the rights of others, as “the rights of others starts where theirs stopped”.
Prince Abiodun said the State has set aside the sum of N50m as seed fund to pay compensation to victims and their families, adding that a Judiciary Panel and Committees as directed by the National Economic Council has been inaugurated to investigate and punish police officers involved in brutalising the citizens.
He said the meeting was to assess, discuss and review the security situation in the State, as occasioned by the #ENDSARS protest currently going on in the country, calling on the youth to sheath their swords to prevent the situation from degenerating into anarchy meanwhile a press conference was later held at the governor office,
The Ogun State government says all schools in the State are now closed till Monday, 26th October, 2020.
The State Governor, Dapo Abiodun who made this known in an address he tagged “State of the State Address”, said his administration took this measure, among other measures after he held a meeting with security Chiefs in the State on Tuesday.
He noted that the measures became necessary after an assessment of the prevailing situation, particularly emerging threats to public safety and security in the State.
The Governor said other measures taken include, suspension of operation of commercial motorcycle, popularly called okada, across the state for Wednesday (tomorrow), 21st October, in the first instance, as well as increased security around the correctional centres and public buildings.
He added that blockade of highways and molestation of innocent citizens going about their lawful business by protesters will no longer be tolerated.
Abiodun said joint patrol teams of security agencies have been deployed, to ensure no threat to public security.
He said “Once again, 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”.