…parents urged to rein in their children, wards to forestall further breakdown of law and order
Outraged by the violence and arson that had greeted the #ENDSARS protests, the Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective from 4.00 pm on October 19.
It said the action became imperative following “very disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums under the guise of #ENDSARS protesters.’’
Persecondnews had reported that the #EndSARS protest in Benin, Edo state capital, has left in its trail violence and wanton destruction of properties as two police stations were burnt and the offices of AIT, RayPower were vandalized.
A government statement in Benin City 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 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.’’