Fayemi imposes curfew as Ekiti crisis escalates

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The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has responded to the political crisis rocking the state by imposing a dusk-to-dawn curfew on all parts of the state.

“I have taken the decision to institute a dusk to dawn curfew in the state immediately. Accordingly, there would be no movement between the hours of 7.00 p.m. and 7.00 a.m. everyday till further notice,” the governor said in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, while addressing journalists Friday.

The governor also suspended his thank-you tour of the state and also directed “the Attorney General of the state to issue a legal advisory to the Chief Judge of the state and all the parties to the existing cases in the State High Court and the Ekiti State Governorship Elections Petitions Tribunal, on the desirability of seeking an alternative venue for the hearing of these cases outside Ekiti State.”

“The State can no longer afford to witness the bizarre spectacle of the beating up of judicial officers and wanton intimidation of lawyers and court personnel,” Fayemi said.

Friday’s violence followed the killing of a former Ekiti State chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Omolafe Aderiye, who was killed in his office in Ijigbo area of the state capital, Ado-Ekiti.

Reports said Aderiye was shot at close range in his office .

He is reported to have died before medical attention could get to him.

The former NURTW chairman was believed to be a staunch supporter of the governor-elect, Ayo Fayose and took active part in his campaign coordination.

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