Kogi Declares 24-hour Curfew in Five Local Governments
Kogi State Government has declared a 24-hour curfew in five local government areas of the Central senatorial district. The local government areas are Adavi, Ajaokuta, Okene, Okehi and Ogori/Magongo.
The Sun Newspaper reports that Chief Press Secretary to Governor Yahaya Bello, Petra Akinti Onyegbule, disclosed this in a statement on Thursday. She, however, did not give any reason for this decision.
Part of the curfew notice reads thus:
“This is a notice of a 24-hour curfew imposed on residents of the five local government areas of central senatorial district beginning from midnight (the next one hour).
“This curfew will last for 24 hours and it is absolute. No movement whatsoever shall be allowed.
“All residents of Adavi, Ajaokuta, Okehi, Okene, Ogori/Magongo Local Government Areas are advised to comply with this directive as anyone who runs foul would have themselves to blame.
“Government regrets every inconvenience this might cause and assures citizens and residents that this decision has been taken in the best interest of the state.”
There has been an increase in the level of insecurity in Kogi state in recent times. The state which is a gateway to the nation’s capital has seen a proliferation of highway banditry and abduction for ransom.
A faction of the terrorist group Boko Haram is also believed to be active in the state.
The governor also said the high rate of insecurity in the state has been a major source of concern to his government.
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