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Edo declares 24hr curfew after jailbreak and burning of Police station

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The Edo State Government on Monday imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state until further notice, ASB News reports.

The curfew which took effect from 4 pm October 19, 2020, was due to attacks on Ugbekun Police Station, Oba Market Police Station, and Idogbo Police Post by persons posing as #ENDSARS protesters in Benin, Edo State.

Also, a jailbreak took place at Oko correctional facility in Sapele Road, Benin City with about 2000 inmates reportedly released. Nine persons were reportedly killed during the jailbreak.

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A statement by the Edo State Government reads below:

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

The curfew is to take effect from 4 pm, 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.5.

Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

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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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