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Nigeria @60: Ogun restricts motorcycles, buses, imposes curfew

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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In effort to opt for a low-key celebration of the 60th Independence Anniversary of Nigeria with an atmosphere of peace and security, the Ogun State Government has restricted the operations of commercial motorcycle riders and buses, from all major roads in the state from 10.pm of Wednesday till 6.00am on Friday, while imposed curfew from 10pm to 6am for Thursday and Friday. In a statement issued by his Press Secretary of the State, Kunle Somorin on Wednesday, also there has been slight change in the relocation of the Diamond Independence Anniversary activities earlier scheduled to hold at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta to the Arcade Ground of the State Secretariat, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

While in line with COVID-19 Protocols, admission to the venue will be strictly by invitation, as the statement said security and other aides of invited guests will not be allowed into the premises, this became expedient as a result of the need to ensure public health, safety and security. All attendees at the function are to observe the COVID-19 protocols, including wearing of face masks to protect themselves and their loved ones. Taxi cabs are permitted to operate within the hours outside the daily curfew period. However, the number of passengers remains limited to a maximum of three only.

The statement stated that all forms of gathering in the state, except the State announced Independence Day Anniversary programme, are restricted to a maximum of 20 persons from 10.00pm tonight till 6.00am on Friday. No procession whatsoever is allowed. “Owners and operators of hotels, suites guest houses, motels, and such establishments providing accommodation should note that the restriction on operations has not been lifted. All residents are to monitor and report any suspicious movements and activities in their neighbourhood to the security agencies”.

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun reassured residents that the Government is committed to security of lives and property before, during and after the 60th Independence Anniversary in the State, while congratulated all Nigerians and citizens of Ogun State in particular on this auspicious occasion and strongly advises that they should celebrate quietly at home and pray for the country.


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