Following the violence that led to a prison break at a correctional centre in Benin, Edo state capital, the Edo State government has declared a 24-hour curfew.
This development was disclosed in a statement released by the secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie. He stated that the curfew will remain effective across the state “till further notice”.
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According to Ogie, hoodlums have hijacked the #EndSARS protest, which has largely been peaceful, and the government would not allow such attacks to continue.
“The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, October 19, 2020. This decision has become necessary because of the very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters,” the statement read.
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“While the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state.
“By the directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities accordingly. Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4pm till calmness is restored.
“Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
“The responsibility of government is to protect lives and property and maintain law and order, therefore, anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law.”