Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has shut down both public and private schools in the state due to the escalating violence that that has trailed the EndSARS protests across the state.
The schools may reopen next week if normalcy returns.
Also one -day embargo has been placed on the operations of commercial motorcycles popularly called “okada” across the state with effective from today.
The governor directed that security surveillance around the Nigerian Correctional Service Centres and public buildings in the state should be stepped up with immediate effect.
In a state of the state address, Governor Abiodun also ordered an immediate deployment of joint patrol teams of security agencies across the state to ensure that there is no threat to public safety and security. The governor declared that blockade of highways and molestation of innocent citizens by protesters “will no longer be tolerated”.
“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 are adopting those measures in the meantime.
“We will be reviewing developments on a 24-hourly basis and will not hesitate to announce stringent measures as may be considered necessary.
He appealed to the protesting youths and asked them to appoint for themselves, leaders that will liaise with government towards ensuring that their grievances are adequately addressed.
“There cannot be a better tomorrow, if we destroy today and the foundation being laid for tomorrow. Let me warn that Ogun State will not be conducive to anyone who may want to test the resolve of government to provide security or those who may want to come from other states to foment trouble in our dear state.
“The security agencies have been directed to ensure full compliance with the measures announced to ensure security of lives and properties.”