#EndSARS: Edo declares curfew after hoodlums went on rampage

#EndSARS: Edo declares curfew after hoodlums went on rampage

This Edo State Government has imposed a 24 hour curfew across the state to address the breakdown of order until further notice. According to

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This Edo State Government has imposed a 24 hour curfew across the state to address the breakdown of order until further notice. According to a statement by Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to the State Government, the curfew is to take effect from 4 pm, October 19, 2020.

It stated, “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 4 pm 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.”

The ongoing #EndSARS in Benin City went awry as hoodlums broke into the Benin correctional centre and freed some inmates in one of the cells. The hoodlums, numbering over 100, broke open one of the cells and freed several inmates in the process.

Several persons sustained gunshot injuries as an armed squad of prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in a gun duel. The hoodlums also destroyed and vandalised some sections of the High Court 4 premises located few meters beside the prison.

The hoodlums launched the attack moments their number increased considerably. They broke part of the high wall while some climbed the fence into the prison yard. A few of the inmates escaped with gunshots while an elderly man was recaptured while walking away like a passer-by.