ENDSARS: 24-hour curfew imposed in Edo State, schools, businesses to shut down

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In response to the ongoing ENDSARS protest in Edo State, the Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew, which takes effect today, October 19, 2020.

The curfew is to last till further notice unless otherwise stated by the State Government.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq.

According to the statement, the curfew was necessitated due to the “very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protesters”.

The statement read in part, “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 harass innocent citizens and cause disorder in the state.”

“By this directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities accordingly. Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4PM 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”, the statement read.

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