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Governor Obaseki Announces 24 Hours Curfew In Edo State

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Governor Obaseki has announced a 24-hour curfew in Edo state amidst the heated nationwide #EndSARS protest.

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Jameela News reports that Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has placed a 24-hour curfew across the state after incidents of prison vandalism.

According to a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the curfew will be effective from 4 pm on Monday, October 19, 2020, until further notice.

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Read the full statement below:

“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,” the statement said.

“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 4 pm till calmness is restored.

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“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.”

Jameela News understands that this curfew was imposed after two #EndSARS protesters were killed in the state on Friday, October 16.

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