- The #EndSARS protest in Jos, Plateau state, has turned violent with hoodlums reportedly hijacking the peaceful march
- Businesses in the city have reportedly closed as many cars and shops have also been destroyed
- The police have, however, stormed the affected area to restore peace
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An #EndSARS protest staged in Jos, the capital city of Plateau state, has turned violent, a report by Daily Trust has stated.
According to the report, there is palpable tension along Ahmadu Bello Way in Jos as protesters barricade highway into the city centre on Tuesday, October 20.
Meanwhile, another set of youths disagreed with those that put the barricade, thereby sparking unrest. Many cars were smashed and burnt, and shops destroyed.
Businesses have reportedly closed in the capital city to avert further destruction.
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Gunshots were also heard in the area, forcing residents to run from the scene. Meanwhile, deployment of regular and mobile police has been drafted to quell the crisis in the city.
In its version of the report, The Nation stated that it was suspected hoodlums that hijacked the #EndSARS protest while burning and smashing cars around the areas.
The hoodlums were also reported to have engaged in looting while they attacked people in the vicinity.
In another report, soldiers have been deployed to maintain law and order in Kuje, Abuja.
Apart from security checkpoints mounted by the soldiers, they also assembled on Tuesday morning, October 20, at the police divisional headquarters in Kuje where a top military officer briefed them.
Legit.ng notes that this is happening amid the #EndSARS protests which have started turning violent as suspected hoodlums allegedly infiltrated the peaceful protesters.
Similarly, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continue to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.
The decision was announced on Tuesday, October 20, in a series of tweets by the Lagos state governor following repeated attacks by thugs which led to the burning of Apapa-Igamu police station.
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