The Edo state government on Monday, announced a 24-hour curfew until further notice following the #EndSARS protests which have turned violent.
A statement by the secretary to the state government, (SSG) said the curfew would take effect from 4pm on Monday, October 19, 2020.
It would be recalled that GLOBALTIMESINTERNATIONAL had reported of jail break with many prisoners escaped at the Edo Maximum correctional centre on Monday, while two police stations were burnt down by the protesters. Another policeman was also knocked down while trying to calm down the protesters.
Read the full statement below:
The Edo State Government hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice.
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.
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.
Osarodion Ogie Esq.Secretary to the State Government, Edo State