This is coming after the protests turned violent in the last couple of days in some parts of Ekiti.
Speaking via a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, Fayemi revealed that the protests have obviously been hijacked by hoodlums who are capitalizing on the situation to rape, assault, rob, and extort money from innocent citizens across Ekiti.
He added that the curfew became a necessity because his government cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who do not have the interest of Ekiti residents at heart.
His words, “In the past 48 hours, there have been incidents of gang-rape, robberies, physical assaults on innocent people, looting and burning of a police station.
“These acts of brigandage are not in consonance with the legitimate aspirations of the EndSARS protesters. It cannot be logical to seek to remedy impunity with impunity.”
“Government therefore cannot afford to watch a deliberate enthronement of anarchy by some bad elements who have hijacked the protest for some clandestine reasons.
“These are in addition to the wanton destruction of properties, particularly private properties.
“Government is concerned that if this state of affairs is allowed to continue unabated, it will lead to a breakdown of law and order thereby threatening the wellbeing of the people of Ekiti State.
“For the purpose of clarity, Government continues to show understanding and responsiveness to the demands of the legitimate protesters.”
“Government has since then constituted a Human Rights Investigation Panel to review all cases of abuse by Officers of the disbanded SARS.
“In addition, Government has set up a Victims Compensation Fund to facilitate speedy remedial measures for victims of such abuse.
“Furthermore, several officials of Government have engaged the protesters at multiple fora and platforms, including the social media, in order to ensure that concerns of protesters are properly identified and responded to in a prompt and efficient manner with necessary feedback.
“Government has also at various times drawn the attention of the protesters to a possible hijack of the protests by individuals whose only interest is to inflict violence on the people of the state.”
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