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Edo State Government Imposes A 24-Hour Curfew In The Wake Of The #EndSARS Protest



The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the entire state which takes effect from 4pm today, Monday, October 19.

A statement released today by Osarodion Ogien, Secretary to the State Government, noted that the curfew is to start today at exactly 4pm.

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It therefore advised business owners and schools to close before the time to avoid having to deal with security operatives patrolling about.

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The statement adds that, the curfew is necessitated by the recent vandalism that characterizes the ongoing protest against SARS and police brutalities. Below is the statement.

“The Edo State Government hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice.

“The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, today, October 19, 2020.

“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 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 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.”

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