BREAKING: Obiano declares 24-hour curfew in Anambra, earmarks N200m for families of SARS victims

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has declared a 24-hour curfew, ranging from 8pm on Thursday.

He mentioned all faculties and markets within the state will stay closed, and all social gathering will shut at 8pm.

The governor additionally introduced that the sum of N200 million has been mapped out as compensation for households and victims of disbanded SARS/police brutality, upon advice by the Judicial Panel of Inquiry.

Full textual content of the printed by the governor:

Ndi Anambra ekenem unu

I’m compelled to handle you at present by the rising stress throughout the nation ignited by current efforts by Nigerian youths to ask for a greater Nigeria.

The occasions of the previous few days remind me of the phrases of Franz Fanon, the influential political thinker who noticed that “every technology should uncover its mission, fulfill it or betray it in relative opacity.”

This technology of Nigerian youths has found its mission. However the query everyone seems to be asking is; will they betray or fulfill it?
Nice Anambra youths, I’m immensely pleased with what you’ve gotten achieved to this point. However we should not succumb to the morbid points of interest of violence; regardless of the provocation, regardless of how justified our anger and regardless of how straightforward all of it might sound. Violence doesn’t yield fruitful outcomes.

The founder of recent India, Mahatma Ghandi warns that “when violence seems to do good, the nice is just non permanent; however the evil it does is everlasting.”
Umu nnem, whereas our beloved state stays largely protected and remoted from the boiling sea exterior, we’ve got additionally recorded just a few disagreeable incidents in our area and there may be justifiable anger within the land. However we can’t give it an opportunity to devour us all. Consequently, we’re taking precautionary steps to stop additional descent to lawlessness in Anambra State by imposing a 24-hour curfew with impact from 8pm at present till we carry this rising stress beneath management.

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Subsequently, all faculties and markets in Anambra State are hereby closed. All gatherings by teams and associations beneath any title or label from 8pm are banned. The regulation enforcement companies within the state have been duly directed to implement compliance. Nonetheless, all regulation enforcement officers charged with guaranteeing compliance to the restriction on motion should resist the temptation of making use of extreme power whereas making an attempt to carry the scenario beneath management. We can’t afford to repeat the identical errors that created the issue we are attempting to resolve within the first place.

In the meantime, I want to guarantee all non-indigenes residing amongst us in Anambra State of their security and safety wherever they stay in our pricey state. The federal government of Anambra State won’t will let you come to any hurt.

Ndi Anambra, we could do nicely to recall that in response to the nationwide demand by Nigerian youths for an finish to the gross violation of their human rights by the defunct SARS, my administration had taken proactive measures to enthrone justice and peace in our pricey state. I’ve personally visited all of the services utilized by the defunct SARS and freed all of the prisoners in illegal detention. I’ve arrange a Judicial Panel of Inquiry to hearken to petitions from victims of human rights violations by the defunct SARS. And extra importantly, I’m joyful to announce that we’ve got put aside the sum of N200m to be disbursed as compensations to individuals who have confirmed instances of rights violations, torture and deaths from the actions of the defunct SARS in Anambra State. This provision is a part of the 2021 Price range which shall be introduced to the State Home of Meeting in a matter of days. Ndi Anambra, this effort is made basically in pursuit of a greater society. We all know that no sum of money can equate a human life. However we consider {that a} symbolic gesture delivered on the proper second can heal outdated wounds and assist aggrieved households to seek out closure in these most traumatic instances.

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Ndi Anambra, the peace and safety we’ve got loved in Anambra State prior to now seven years is beneath risk. All fingers should be on deck to save lots of Anambra from this hazard. I urgently name on all non secular leaders, conventional rulers, market leaders, neighborhood leaders and leaders of the assorted youth associations throughout Anambra State to rise to this quick problem and converse to our youths and calm the boiling anger within the land. No matter we destroy in a feat of anger was constructed by us, even when they had been donated to federal establishments inside our state. We should do all the things we are able to to keep away from self-inflicted accidents.

Ndi Anambra, the instances we stay in demand extraordinary sacrifices. We should reply to it with persistence, forbearance and love. This isn’t the time for unrestrained feelings. This isn’t the time for harmful rumours and conspiracy theories. This can be a time to achieve out and contact each other with love, to deal with one another with kindness and to say to at least one one other with one voice; Nigeria is bigger than her issues!

Umu nnem, we’re the inheritors of a proud historical past. We stock the ingenious genius of the good minds that created the well-known Igboukwu civilization. Our ancestors practiced pragmatic democracy earlier than the Greeks stumbled upon its nice theories. We rose from the ashes of a brutal Civil Struggle to rebuild our lives with relative ease. Ndi Anambra, our story is totally different. So, we should act with a way of historical past in moments like this. We should not give in to regrettable anger and throw all the things away.
God bless Anambra State.
God bless Nigeria

Willie Obiano.

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