- Suspected hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest in Ondo state have caused mayhem
- The hoodlums set ablaze the secretariats of the two major political parties in the state; the APC and the PDP
- Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu has reportedly imposed curfew in the state
As #EndSARS protest which started peacefully turns violent in Ondo state, suspected hoodlums have set the All Progressives Congress (APC) secretariat in Akure, the state capital, on fire.
The Nation reports that spokesman for the Ondo APC, Alex Kalejaiye, who confirmed the attack on Wednesday, October 21, said the protest was no longer about the demand to end SARS.
Kalejaiye accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of orchestrating the attack.
However, the secretariat of the PDP in the southwest state has also been razed by hoodlums in the state capital.
Two vehicles parked within the premises of the Ondo PDP secretariat were also razed.
In his reaction, the PDP spokesman in the state, Kenney Peretei, described the action as barbaric.
Peretei said it was shocking for the party’s secretariat to be razed a few hours after the APC accused it of burning its secretariat.
The Nation noted that the hoodlums defied the curfew imposed by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to commit the atrocities.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that as the #EndSARS protesters spiralled out of control, the governor directed the closure of all the schools in the state.
The Ondo state governor made the announcement via a short thread of tweets posted on his official Twitter handle, @RotimiAkeredolu, on Tuesday, October 20.
Governor Akeredolu said the move is to ensure the safety of students and staff, adding that the state government will ensure that schools resume as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, has declared Friday, October 23, as a day of special prayer for the nation.
The monarch who is the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the move over the unrest across the country that has led to the loss of lives in Lagos, Benin and other locations.
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