Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has relaxed an earlier announced 48-hour curfew on the state and says restriction of movement will now be from 6 pm to 8 am commencing Sunday.
The state in Nigeria’s oil rich Niger delta region had witnessed wanton destruction of several government owned buildings and other properties by hoodlums, who hijacked peaceful #EndSARS protests.
Governor Okowa while speaking to newsmen after inspecting the torched buildings and vandalized areas in Asaba thanked the youths for complying with the curfew that was imposed two days before.
“The current 48-hour curfew will expire by 6pm today Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. However, from this evening (Saturday), the curfew will be in effect from 6 pm to 8 am until further notice. From Sunday, October 25, people are free to move around and go about their regular activities during the day.
“I urge all the citizens and residents of our great state, Delta, to please remain calm, vigilant and law-abiding at all times,” he said.
Demonstrators across the country had for more than 10 days been protesting against police brutality, extrajudicial killings and an end to bad governance.
The governor dispelled rumours on social media that the state government was warehousing CA-COVID food palliatives at the Events Centre in Asaba, and said all the food palliatives had long been distributed.
According to him, the state got accolades from CA-COVID for complying with the template prescribed for the distribution.
He said “I came here this morning because of the information we are receiving on social media. I am aware that the food items have long been distributed in line with the suggested guidelines and they were given to 197 households in every ward in the 270 Wards in the state.
“Delta State, in keeping with our agreement with CACOVID, had long distributed our own and I am surprised that people were still spreading false information on social media displaying pictures of the CA-COVID items at the time when I personally launched the distribution. At that time, I allowed the press to take photographs of what was there.
“For my dear Deltans, the palliatives have long been distributed and Delta State has received accolades from CA-COVID for doing the right thing – the food stuffs were sent to every ward, and the most indigent people in every ward.