The Edo government has declared a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice. The government says the curfew is to take effect from 4pm today(Monday).
The statement which was signed by the Secretary to the state government says, the decision to impose a curfew is coming due to reports of “vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #EndSARS protesters”.
This was announced via the official twitter handle of Edo state Governor, Godwin Obaseki.
Part of the statement reads “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 shutdown 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 government admits that it is responsible for the protection of lives and properties and so “anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law”.
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