- Edo government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the entire state
- The curfew will start from 4 pm on Monday, October 19, until further notice
- The government said the curfew was due to the incidents of vandalism and attacks by hoodlums disguising as EndSARS protesters
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The government of Edo state has announced that there will be a 24-hour curfew across the state on Monday, October 19, from 4 pm until further notice.
This was disclosed in a series of tweets on the Twitter handle of the state governor, Godwin Obaseki @GovernorObaseki.
The statement signed by Osarodion Ogie Esq, the Secretary to the State Government stated the 24-hour curfew was imposed because of the disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums pretending to be #EndSARS protesters.
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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.
Following the government's directive, schools and businesses in the state are to shutdown activities accordingly.
Ogie went on to note that those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4 pm till calmness is restored in the state.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the governor of Edo state on Friday, October 16, reacted to the report that hoodlums attacked EndSARS protesters in Benin City.
According to the governor, he received reports that thugs armed with guns, machetes, and other weapons attacked protesters who were marching on Friday, October 16, to demand an end to police brutality.
Obaseki in a series of tweets via his official Twitter page condemned the attack saying it was disheartening that anyone would attack a peaceful assembly of young people.
He went on to extend his condolences to victims including those who lost their lives and others who were injured by the thugs.
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