#EndSARS protests has been hijacked by suspected hoodlums and have burnt down a Police Station and also destroyed a High Court building in Benin, the Edo State capital.
The thugs burnt down the Ugbekun Police Station and also destroyed the High Court 4 building.
Theeditorng gathered that the High Court 4 building is located near the prison which as earlier reported by this online medium, was attacked on Monday and inmates freed.
The hoodlums broke into the Benin Prison popularly called White House and freed several inmates in one of the cells.
Meanwhile, in the wake of the unrest which has been witnessed so far in the State, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has declared a curfew in the state.
The 24-hour curfew which takes effect as from 4 pm, today, October 19, 2020 is until further notice as contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq, on Monday.
The statement reads: “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.”