A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in Edo State after suspected hoodlums in the guise of #ENDSARS protest, broke into a Benin prison and freed several inmates.
According to the press statement signed by the Secretary to the Edo State Government, Osarodion Ogie, on Monday, the curfew is to take effect from 4pm, October 19, 2020, on Monday.
Sources in the state disclosed that, apart from the jailbreak, the hoodlums also vandalized property and attacked innocent residents.
The government statement which is titled, ‘Edo govt declares 24-hour curfew,’ described the development as disturbing.
“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 #ENDSARS protesters.
“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 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.”
Our sources have also disclosed that during the jailbreak, the armed prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in a gunfight, which resulted in some persons sustaining injuries.
The hoodlums also destroyed the High Court (4), located beside the prison premises in Benin City.