The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, on Monday, October 19, mandated the imposition of a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice.
Obaseki revealed that the curfew commences from 4 pm on Monday (today).
This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie.
1st News had reported that thugs on Monday, October 19, hijacked the ongoing #EndSARS protests in Benin City, the Edo State capital; attacking a prison in the process.
The prison located on Sapele Road, Benin, was conspicuously unguarded as the thugs poured in their numbers under the guise of #EndSARS to free the inmates.
This is the latest in a series of hijacks that have threatened to derail the #EndSARS protest against police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
Meanwhile, Obaseki stated that “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 the 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.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Governors Forum on Monday, October 19, reached a consensus; over the immediate inauguration of a judicial commission of inquiry to review cases of police brutality; especially by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad across the country.
The governors also appealed to #EndSARS protesters to end the protests to prevent hoodlums from hijacking it.
This was contained in a communique issued by NGF after the 20th emergency teleconference meeting held on Sunday.
In the communique, which was signed by the NGF Chairman, Kayode Fayemi; said the governors deliberated extensively on the #EndSARS nationwide protests, riots, and demonstrations.