Osun Eases lockdown in 4 LGs, as Police Apprehends 2 for Flouting Order


Osun state government has approved conditional ease of lockdown in
the four local government areas of Ilesa East, Ilesa West, Atakumosa
East and Atakumosa West.

The Secretary to the state government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji stated
this in a statement made available to newsmen in Osogbo.

He said the decision was based on undertakings and assurance received
from traditional and religious leaders, as well as civil society
groups within the axis that compliance with safety guidelines would be
strictly adhered to.

Prince Oyebamiji, who appreciated the people of Ijesaland for the
level of compliance to the lockdown directive, however, lamented that
there were reports of breaches and violations.

He explained that physical meetings and mass gatherings in any form
remained banned in the axis and throughout the state till further

Prince Oyebamiji reiterated that any form of breakdown in adherence to
the safety protocols against Covid-19 in the four local government
areas would force the state government to re-impose the lockdown.        

Meanwhile, two persons, who allegedly flouted the lockdown order in Ilesa, Osun state, and assaulted two policemen, were brought before an Osogbo
Magistrates’ court.

The defendants, Babatunde Tosin and Saliu Rufiat, however, pleaded not
guilty to a five-count charge preferred against them.

The prosecutor, Inspector Moses Adebayo, who told the court that the
defendants committed the offences along International Breweries Road
Ilesa said they conspired with one other person still at large and
assaulted Sergent Akinrodayo and Olatiran Olaosebikan, while
performing their lawful duties.

He said the defendants flouted the state government directives on
Covid-19 lockdown when they were stopped, and thereafter, assaulted
the officers.

The Counsel to the defendants, Mr Adepoju urged the court to grant
his client’s bail in most liberal terms.

The Magistrate, Mrs Mary Awodele, however, granted the defendants bail
of 100, 000Naira with two sureties each in like sum.

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