On Monday, 19 October 2020, hoodlums posed as #EndSARS protesters broke open the gate of Benin prisons and released all the inmates. This coming few hours after the Edo State Government imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state until further notice.
The curfew is to take effect from 4 pm, 19 October 2020.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie.
The statement read in part, “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 4 pm 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.”