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#Endsars: Edo govt declares 24-hour curfew

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Edo State government led by Godwin Obaseki has declared 24 hour curfew after the #Endsars protest was hijacked by some hoodlums in the state.

In the morning of today, some group of thugs took over the #Endsars protest, attacking a prison and freeing some inmates. There are other reports of attacks in two police formations in the state.

However, Godwin Obaseki, in a statement has declared 24 hour curfew in the state in other to avoid further escalation of already charged political atmosphere.

A statement released by the secretary to the statement government, Osarodion Ogie read in parts,

“The Edo State Government hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice.

“The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, today, 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 shutdown 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.”

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