The Edo State Government has announced a 24-hour curfew across the state.

The curfew will take effect from 4:00 pm, October 19, 2020, until further notice.

This was announced by the secretary to the state government, Osarodion Ogie who said the curfew was imposed due to the incidents of vandalism 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 instructed to shutdown activities as a result of the curfew.

Citizens are advised to stay indoors between now and 4:00pm till calmness is restored.

Crusoe Osagie, the Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Media, in an interview said that the hoodlums exchanged fire with security operatives at the Maximum prison in Benin City.

Videos of prison inmates scaling fences and escaping the prison in Benin, Edo State capital surfaced on social media. Also, hoodlums have reportedly burnt down Ugbekun police station in Benin.