BREAKING: Benin City on fire, Edo Government declares curfew

Posted by News Express | 19 October 2020 | 1,526 times

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By NELSON DAFE, Benin City

Benin City, the Edo State capital in Nigeria’s South-South, is on fire. Major police stations have been burnt down. Prisoners have also been freed by violent protesters. Its total anarchy as police have lost control of the situation, which flared on Monday morning as the ENDSARS protests got out of hand.

Responding swiftly to the descent to anarchy, the Edo State Government has announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew across the state.

The curfew is to take effect from 4:00 pm, October 19, 2020, till further notice.

This was announced by the secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie.

Ogie said the imposition of the curfew was due to the incidents of vandalism and attacks carried out by hoodlums who hijacked the #ENDSARS protests.

“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 the #ENDSARS protests.

“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,” Ogie said.

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