The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state.
The curfew is to take effect from 4:00 pm, October 19, 2020, until further notice.
This directive 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.
Schools and businesses are also to shutdown activities accordingly, following the announcement.
Suspected hoodlums have attacked the White House prison along Sapele Road in Benin, the Edo state capital, setting several inmates free.
The armed squad of prison officials were said to have engaged the suspected hoodlums in gun fire which left some persons injured.