Curfew Imposed in Sagamu Amidst Rival Cult Clashes
The government of Ogun State, Nigeria, has enforced a daily curfew in Sagamu, an action aimed at countering the continuous clashes between rival cult groups in the area. This restriction, which limits movement from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., has been put in place as a measure to enhance security. Residents have been urged to comply with the restriction order until there’s a significant improvement in the area’s security situation. Police and other security agencies are actively working to restore peace and normalcy in the area.
Public Statement on the Imposed Curfew
The announcement of the curfew was made through a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Lekan Adeniran. The statement assured residents of their safety and the protection of their property. It emphasized the necessity of the restriction order as a means of taking firm control of the security architecture of the area and for the protection of the lives and property of the people.
Residents were asked to cooperate with security agencies to facilitate the restoration of normalcy and to ensure the immediate prosecution of those responsible for these acts. Recent reports suggest that around 20 youths were killed in the cult war over a single weekend, although the police in the state have confirmed only eight deaths.
Role of Commercial Motorcycles and Tricycles in the Clashes
It was observed that the perpetrators of the killings often escaped using motorcycles and tricycles after committing the heinous act. This observation led to the imposition of restrictions on the operation hours of motorcycle and tricycle operators. As part of the curfew, their operations are now limited from 6:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m until further notice.
In addition to the curfew, the authorities imposed a ban on adult entertainment establishments in Sagamu. They also prohibited sex workers from loitering on all the roads in the local government area. Non-compliance with these instructions, residents were warned, would result in severe consequences. Those unable to adhere to these rules were advised to return to their hometown state or country.
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