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Oyo State government plans to contain COVID-19 via self-policing agents

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The Oyo State government has said that it would curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state through self-policing rather than using the regular security agents to enforce compliance.

Chairperson of Oyo State COVID-19 Decontamination and Containment Committee, Prof. Olanike Adeyemo, stated this yesterday in Ibadan at the training of members of staff of the decontamination response team in the state.

Adeyemo, who noted that the decision was aimed at forestalling the harassment of people by security agents, said members of the team were being positioned to work from their various local councils and local council development areas across the state in a bid to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic.

The chairperson of the committee also expressed worry over the activities of some banks in the state.In another development, a group, the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAB), led by Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) and International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW), Oyo State Chapter, have petitioned the Oyo State Government over the death of a 300-level student of University of Ibadan (UI), Richard Gbadebo, in a soap factory in Ibadan.

In the petition, filed by the law firm of Abope Chambers led by activist, Femi Aborisade and copies of which were sent to the Oyo State Director of Public Prosecution, and made available to journalists in Ibadan, the group and the law firm, urged the state government to thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Gbadebo.

It also implored the state government to ensure justice for the deceased and ensure employers of labour take seriously the life, safety and health of workers.

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