EDO GOVERNMENT DECLARES 24 HOURS CURFEW IN THE STATE, ORDERS SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES CLOSED

Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki has declared 24 hours curfew in the state. In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, the Governor ordered closure of all schools as well other public institutions.

According to him, hoodlums have taken over the protests organized by the #ENDSARS advocates and the State government will not fold its hands and allow anarchists take over.

Read the full statement below:

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

The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, 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 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.

Signed
Osarodion Ogie Esq.

Secretary to the State Government, Edo State.

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