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The Edo State Government has declared the anticipated curfew that Midwest Herald reported a while ago.
The decision was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Osarodion Ogie. The curfew will run for 24 hours from 4Pm today, October 19, 2020 until further notice.
Below is an extract of the press statement:
“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.”
Meanwhile, soldiers have taken over the control of Abuja streets from ENDSARS protesters. Our reporters on ground are reporting that several barricades have been dislodged with ENDSARS protesters fleeing from the advancing military personnel.
The Nigerian Army had at the weekend announced that its annual exercise, Operation Crocodile Smile would commence nationwide on October 20, 2020.
Soldiers positioned at every strategic point in the FCT as the End SARS protests persist.