Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has imposed of a twenty-four hour curfew on Ikare town, headquarters of Akoko North East Local Government Area of the state.
Niger Delta Connect Correspondent gathered that some deaths have been recorded as a result of sporadic gunshots that have pervaded the ancient town in the last 12 hours as the community marks the Ikare Day celebration.
In a statement made available to Journalists in Akure on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo, the curfew is with immediate effect.
“This comes on the heels of security reports and credible intelligence arising from the situation in Ikare.
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“Security agencies, especially the Police and Amotekun have already been directed to ensure full compliance and enforcement of the curfew imposed. All Traditional Rulers, Opinion and Religious Leaders are enjoined to give maximum support to this order just as they are to rein in their subjects and wards.
In the same vein, the governor has lifted the twenty-four hour curfew on Igbara-Oke, headquarters of Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.
The earlier curfew was sequel to the violent dimension of what was initially considered a peaceful protest in the town following the outcome of a Councillorship bye-election.
It was gathered that the election which was held in just three wards, two in Akure North local government and one in Ifedore local government was rejected by some youths from Ifedore while claiming that the election, conducted by ODIEC wasn’t free and fair.
But in the latest release, Akeredolu noted that “the State Security Council at its meeting on Monday, reviewed the situation and concluded that while efforts are not spared to sustain the relative peace, it was only appropriate to lift the curfew, for now. This notwithstanding, all those arrested in connection with the crisis shall be prosecuted accordingly”.