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Ondo govt imposes curfew, bans total human, vehicular movement over election violence


The Ondo State government on Satrday banned all vehicular and human movements in Oba – Akoko in Akoko South West local government area of Ondo State.

This is in response to violence experienced during Saturday’s House of Assembly elections in the area.

Some hoodlums had attacked the ward collation centre in the Oba – Akoko and shot dead two persons.

According to the statement, entitled: ONDO STATE GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN OBA AKOKO” and signed by the Chief of Staff to the Ondo State Government, Gbenga Ale, the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, ordered the ban on all commercial activities in the area, including human and vehicular movement.

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The statement read: “In view of the massive disruption of the electoral process in Oba- Akoko, in Akoko South West Local Government, leading to indiscriminate and criminal shooting, wanton destruction of ballot boxes, properties, vehicles, homes and the general peace of citizens and Oba Akoko, the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has ordered a total proscription of all human and vehicular movement in the town.

“All citizens and commuters through Oba Akoko are to stay indoors.

“All roads within the town are closed down with immediate effect, all commercial activities are shut down with immediate effect.

“All human beings are to remain indoors until further notice.

“Law enforcement agencies have been ordered to arrest anybody seen on the streets and other unauthorised areas.

“Any attempt to test the will of security agencies will be dealt with decisively.

“All residents of Oba Akoko are to obey this instruction until further notice,” it concluded.