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Edo Government Declares 24-Hour Curfew As #EndSARS Protesters Loot Armoury, Set Police Station Ablaze

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Edo state government has declared 24-hour curfew, following mayhem perpetrated by #EndSARS Protesters Monday Morning.

A statement by Osarodion Ogie, Secretary to the State Government,
Edo State, warned that “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.”

#EndSARS Protesters this morning looted arms and ammunition from the armoury of Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station and Idogbo Police Post in Benin, Edo state, according to the Nigerian Police.

In a tweet via, @PoliceNG Twitter handle, the police also confirmed that the protesters released unspecified number of detained persons before settling the station ablaze.

According to the tweet, “@policeNG
regrettably confirms the unfortunate attacks on Police Facilities – Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station and Idogbo Police Post by persons posing as #ENDSARS
protesters in Benin, Edo State, today, Monday, 19th October, 2020.

“The extent of damage cannot be ascertained at the moment but report indicates that the protesters carted away arms and ammunition from the armoury and freed the suspects in custody before setting some of the facilities ablaze.

“The Force is doing everything possible at the moment to bring the situation under control, protect lives of innocent citizens and prevent further attacks on any other critical infrastructure in the state.

“The Force is calling on parents/guardians to prevail on their children/wards to desist from acts of violence under any guise whatsoever.”

The statement declaring the curfew reads:

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.

Signed
Osarodion Ogie Esq.
Secretary to the State Government,
Edo State.

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