The Kwara State Government has assured residents of its commitment to adequate protection of lives and property, irrespective of wherever they might be residing.
The State Commissioner for Communications, Mrs. Adenike Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin gave this assurance in a statement against acts of vandalism carried out by some people believed to be criminals in Ilorin, the State Capital.
Mrs. Afolabi-Oshatimehin said the despicable acts do not reflect the character of the average Kwaran, advising residents to remain indoor while the curfew lasted.
The Commissioner explained that the 24-hour curfew in Ilorin announced by the State Governor, Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was not to inflict pains on the peace loving people of the state, but to halt the tide of stealing.
Afolabi-Oshatimehin emphasized further that the 24-hour curfew imposed remains in force until further notice, adding that essential workers are, however, exempted from the curfew.
She added that the resolve of the state government, in conjunction with the security agencies in the state, would not be deterred in ensuring that peace returns to the state.
“The wanton theft of goods and wares of business outfits by the criminals was despicable and reprehensible”, Afolabi-Oshatimehin stated.
“It is, however, note worthy that with combined efforts of the security agencies in the state, the acts of vandalism have been brought under control”, she added.
The Commissioner stated further that the Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq administration would not be deterred in ensuing that the culprits face the consequences of their actions in the courts of law.
She, therefore, assured residents of the state that there is no cause to panic as the situation is improving through the efforts of stakeholders.
Afolabi- Oshatimehin commended religious and opinion leaders as well as the generality of the people of the state for condemning the acts of vandalism by the hoodlu