By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Amid looting by some hoodlums in Ilorin, Kwara state, the state governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has declared 24-hour curfew within Ilorin metropolis.
The governor made the declaration on the state radio station on Friday night in Ilorin.
According to him, “I have just had an emergency security meeting with commanders 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.”
According to him, the government has a duty to protect law abiding citizens and their properties.
He said lives were being threatened businesses were looted, Public properties have been targeted, this he said was unacceptable, not who Kwara residents are known for.
“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,”he said.
The governor urged the residents to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew and promised it would be reviewed as event unfolds.
“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” he added.
Meanwhile, some private business outfits were looted, after the hoodlums carted away with palliatives where the state government kept it.
Western Post also gathered that the hoodlums planned to loot the contraband goods at Customs Area Command situated in Ilorin, the action which turned bloody.