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Bayelsa: Police Extend Curfew To February 23




The Nigeria Police Force on Monday extended the three-day dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on Bayelsa state from February 17 to February 23.

Naija News reports that crisis had erupted in the South-south state following the decision of the Supreme Court to sack governor-elect, David Lyon.

Recall that angry youths in the state took to the streets of Yenagoa to protest against the court verdict. The aggrieved Bayelsans set the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party on fire.

This online news platform had earlier reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission, had declared the candidate of PDP as the winner of the Bayelsa governorship election and thereafter presented him the Certificate of Return.

The protesters that gathered from eight local government area of the state started the protest from Tombia roundabout and ended it at the Bayelsa state INEC office, chanting “No David Lyon, No Governor.”

They were spotted with the APC flag, brooms, and placards with different inscriptions, “David Lyon is the choice of the masses, Judiciary does not mean well for our state, we can’t suffer another 4 years again, we voted for the people we trusted, Don’t stop our Messiah.”

The report gathered revealed that the four security post of the State high court was razed in the fire; the Yenagoa secretariat was also destroyed with all the billboards having the PDP candidate. The state PDP secretariat was partly razed.

Briefing newsmen on Monday, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Uche Anozia, announced the curfew extension.

He said: “The Bayelsa State Police Command wishes to commend the general public over their good conduct in observing the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the state as a result of the violent protest that accompanied the Supreme Court judgement, on Thursday, February 13, 2020.

“On the other hand, in the light of credible intelligence available to the Command vis-a-vis the prevailing security situation in Bayelsa State, the command has deemed it necessary to review and extend the curfew to Sunday, Feb. 23, with effect from today Monday 17, from 10:pm to 6:am.

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“Members of the public are advised to remain indoors as security agencies will be out to arrest anyone who violates the curfew; such outlaws will be prosecuted. They are also advised to remain calm as the command is poised to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state.”

Source: Naija News

Ogbolu George is a graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Benin. He loves politics, is a movie addict and a die-hard Arsenal fan. George is a Senior Content Creator at Naija News.