Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has declared a 24hours curfew across the state owing to the jail break that occured at White House prison today.
Suspected hoodlums in the early hour of today destroyed a court house, pulled down the wall of White House prison yard and set prisoners back into the free world, the state government therefore took a decision to announce a curfew to curb the rising violence.
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it was reported that many inmates fleed out of White House prison after the hiidlums overpowerd the prison guards in a gun dwell. White House prison is located along Sapela road, Benin City.
The full statement of the government reads: ”The Edo State Government hereby imposes a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice.
The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, today, October 19, 2020.
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 shutdown 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”