Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered the closure of all private and public schools in the state following widespread violence that has marred the ongoing #EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
He said the order was effective Wednesday, October 21, 2020.
The governor made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday.
States like Ekiti, Lagos, amongst others had also shut down all schools in view of the continued violence
Makinde in a statement on Tuesday by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, enjoined the protesting youths to be civil in their approach to seek the reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
He was quoted as saying, “I address you at this time to talk about some of the issues that have been thrown up by the EndSARS protests in Oyo State. I have always said that peaceful protests are an important part of our democratic process, and that no one should be harassed or brutalized for protesting.
“For this reason, we deployed members of ‘Operation Burst’ to protect protesters. And we are happy to report that there have been no cases of disruptions of protest grounds in Oyo State since they started work.
“However, the past two days have seen a new dimension to the ongoing protests. Thugs and hoodlums have taken advantage of the situation to perpetrate uncivil acts and harass citizens who are going about their day-to-day activities. Some thugs are going as far as forcing people who have businesses open to close shop and join in the protests. We know these are criminal elements. And so, as a state, we must act to protect the citizenry.
“Therefore, we are deploying members of the ‘Operation Burst’ to various hotspots in Ibadan to arrest the situation and restore normalcy. The members of the team will continue to protect genuine protesters and their right to protest. But we cannot allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the protests.
“We remain committed to the process of meeting the demands of these protests. Already, as promised, the Director of Public Prosecution, Ministry of Justice, Oyo State, has withdrawn cases against EndSARS protesters, and those in custody have been released.
“I have directed that all schools in Ibadan should be closed from tomorrow, Wednesday, October 21 2020 for the rest of this week. The situation will be reviewed on Friday, October 23 2020, and then further directives will be given.”