The Edo State Government has declared a 24-hours curfew expected to take effect from 4:00 pm on Monday, October 19, 2020, till further notice.
According to the Secretary of the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie, the imposition of the curfew was announced after different attacks and vandalism perpetrated by some hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest in the state.
“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 the #ENDSARS protests.
“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,” Mr. Ogie said.
Schools, markets and other workplaces are expected to close business before 4:00 p.m.
The Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media, Crusoe Osagie, told Channels Television that the hoodlums exchanged fire with security operatives at the Maximum prison in Benin City.
“The hoodlums are currently exchanging fire with the security personnel at the Maximum security prison in Oko, Benin City,” Osagie said.
Footages of the hoodlums around the prison and inmates escaping were uploaded to social media.