The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice following the jailbreak at the Benin Prison this morning.
Thugs stormed Benin Prison this morning and set some of the inmates free after the thugs engaged the armed prison warders, some of the prisoners escaped while several others sustained injuries.
Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie in a statement said the government cannot sit idle for thugs in the guise of #EndSARS protesters to vandalism and attack private individuals and institutions. He also stated the curfew is to take effect from 4pm Monday
“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 the 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.