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EndSARS:Oyo Govt Shuts Down Schools, Deploys Operation Burst To Hotspots

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Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde

By Biodun Ogunrinde, Ibadan

The Oyo state government has shut down all private and public schools in Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

This was made known in a state broadcast by Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, in Ibadan, the state capital.

Makinde also announced that security personnel from Operation Burst will be deployed to hot-spots to maintain law and order.

It was earlier reported that the governor instructed the Police in the state to take back seat and allow other security operatives to lead protesters to protest peacefully.

The protest turned bloody at Ojoo area of the state capital on Tuesday, as Police allegedly fired shut
which led to the burning of the Ojoo Police station.

Not less than 3 people reportedly killed while several people were injured.

Read the full text:

“My Dear People of Oyo State,
I address you at this time to talk about some of the issues that have been thrown up by the End SARS protests in Oyo State. I have always said
that peaceful protests are an important part of our democratic process, and no one should be harassed or brutalised 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 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 can not 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Ministry of Justice, Oyo State, has withdrawn cases against End SARS protesters, and those in
custody have been released.

“Also, the Oyo State Government has set up platforms for reporting past and present incidents of police brutality and injustice. This
will naturally pave the way for the next steps in our quest to get justice for the victims. I urge the
good people of Oyo State to trust the process that we have set up and rest assured that every
case will be pursued to a logical conclusion.

“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.

Please call 615 should anyone attempt to disrupt
your legitimate business activities.

“We will continue to seek ways to engage with
peaceful protesters. Our plan is that in the shortest possible time, we can finally say the
days of large-scale and wanton police brutality and injustice is a thing of the past. Let me also use this opportunity to call on members of the Nigeria Police Force to remain professional in
the discharge of their duties as they will be held
responsible for their actions. Good bless the Federal Republic of Nzigeria. God bless Oyo
State.”

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