19 states declare curfew to curb violence, looting

19 states declare curfew to curb violence, looting

At least 19 of the 36 states in Nigeria have imposed curfews following outbreak of violence and widespread looting across the country. Hoodlu

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At least 19 of the 36 states in Nigeria have imposed curfews following outbreak of violence and widespread looting across the country.

Hoodlums had hijacked the #EndSARS protest in several states, taking advantage of the situation to wreak havoc on government and private properties. Residents of some states also broke into warehouses, carting away COVID-19 palliatives.

Edo state was the first state to impose a 24-hour curfew on October 19 after jailbreaks at two correctional facilities in the state. On Thursday, Godwin Obaseki, the state governor, relaxed the curfew to last from 4pm to 6am daily, effective October 23, adding that it would be reviewed after 72 hours.

This was followed by Lagos State imposing an all-day restriction owing to the outbreak of violence amid the #EndSARS protests. The curfew has since been reviewed. Residents can now move about from 6am to 8pm.

Other states that have imposed curfews are Ekiti State, Abia State, Imo State, Delta State, Plateau State, Rivers State, Anambra State, Cross River State, Kwara State, Osun State, Enugu State, Kaduna State, Ondo State, Akwa Ibom State, Taraba State and Adamawa State.