In order to protect students and teachers in Oyo State, the Governor, Seyi Makinde, has directed that all public and private schools should remain shut pending when the government could ascertain that the ongoing protests against brutality and extra-judicial killings by disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a formation of the Nigerian Police had subsided.
Makinde added that decision to shut down schools was reached after investigations revealed that some hoodlums had hijacked the peaceful demonstration and were infringing on residents human rights in the stat
The Governor, who announced the closure on Tuesday during a live broadcast in Ibadan, stated that the closure was to ensure that the hoodlums do not mix up with students and teachers in the state.
He added that to separate the hoodlums from the genuine protesters, members of Operation Burst would be deployed across the state to ensure the protest continue within the state.
Makinde said: “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 cannot allow persons with ulterior motives to hijack the protests”.