EndSARS: Edo residents defy curfew order, continue protest

EndSARS: Edo residents defy curfew order, continue protest

- Residents of Edo state have ignored the curfew order made by the state government

- Governor Obaseki had on Monday, October 19, imposed a 24-hour curfew to restore peace in the state

- But the EndSARS protesters took to the streets on Tuesday, October 20, in continuation of their demonstrations

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Despite the 24-hour curfew imposed in Edo to restore peace and order in the state, some defiant EndSARS protesters on Tuesday, October 20, trooped out again and continued their demonstrations.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the youths took over strategic positions as they chanted anti-government slogans at some junctions within Benin City metropolis.

Legit.ng gathered that the protest resumed in Auchi as the youths again regrouped at the popular Jattu junction, allowing only motorists on essential duties free passage.

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EndSARS: Edo Residents Defy Curfew Order
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state addressing residents of the state. Credit: Twitter/Godwin Obaseki.
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Security has, however, been tightened in parts of the state capital and adjoining towns as a response to the highjacking of the peaceful EndSARS protests by hoodlums which led to two jailbreaks at two correctional centres in the state.

The state government, however, warned on Tuesday, October 20, that the 24-hour curfew imposed in the state on October 19, subsisted and would be active till further notice.

Governor Obaseki said:

“Everyone is expected to remain indoors. Security agencies have been deployed in the streets to ensure full compliance and anyone found contravening the directive will be dealt with according to the law.”

The special adviser to Governor Obaseki on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, in a statement issued in Benin City, urged parents and guardians to restrain their children, wards and youths from flouting the order, adding that the security agencies would not spare any individual.

The statement added:

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The state government is committed to maintaining law and order and protecting lives and property in the state, and urges Edo citizens and residents to obey the directives for the collective good of all.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state as suspected hoodlums continued to unleash mayhem under the guise of EndSARS protest.

It was reported that 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 and destruction of Apapa-Igamu police station.

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