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Just In: Sanwo-Olu relaxes Lagos curfew hours, sue for peace

By Monsurudeen olowoopejo

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reviewed the 24-hour curfew earlier imposed on the state after violence trailed the EndSARS protests staged to demand reform of the Nigerian Police and prosecution of officers involved in brutality and extra-judicial actions.

Sanwo-Olu added that residents could now move and do business within Lagos freely between the hours 8 am and 6 pm daily.

He announced the development during a broadcast on Friday in Marina, just as he appealed to Lagosians to eschew violence and embrace peace in the state.

Sanwo-Olu said: “We have decided that we are going to be easing the curfew from tomorrow (Saturday) morning; and what that easing means is that people will be allowed to go out from 8am to 6pm.

“For emphasis, from 8am tomorrow morning, you will be allowed to go out, to go wherever you wish till 6pm in the evening,” he said.

“We will look at the curfew on Saturday and Sunday and we will come back to you on what will happen in the days – Monday, Tuesday, and into the week.”

He also gave an update on what the government was doing following the violence recorded in various parts of the state.

Sanwo-Olu, however, urged residents to the mindful of the barricades on the roads while driving, especially at night.

He stated that he had just concluded a tour of hospitals where some of the injured persons, especially the victims of the shooting in Lekki, were receiving treatment.

The governor also hinted that following the destruction of properties as a result of the violence, officials of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) would embark on a thorough cleaning of the state.

He appealed to residents to try as much as possible to stay at home if it was not very important for them to go out.

Sanwo-Olu said, “We have commenced the clean-up of the city because the city needs a whole lot of clean-ups; a whole lot of roadblocks, tires burnt on the roads.

“So, LAWMA (officials), as you have seen, are out already and they will be working all through the night and in the event that they do not finish, I want to admonish and appeal to motorists and our citizens to be careful.”

“If you do not need to go out, please stay at home, and if you must go out, please drive with a lot of caution because there’s still a lot of tires, barricades, and a lot of broken bottles on the roads,” he pleaded

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