The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state.
This was disclosed in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogien who said the curfew will take effect from 4:00 pm, October 19, 2020, till further notice.
The reason for this decision, he said, was due to the incidents of vandalism and attacks carried out by hoodlums who hijacked the EndSARS protests.
The statement reads, “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 the End SARS protests.
“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 4 pm 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.”