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Obaseki Imposes 24-hour Curfew In Edo After Jailbreak

The Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state till further notice. This is coming after a reported prison break by hoodlums, which led to some prisoners escaping.

In a press statement made available Monday October, 19 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq, said the decision has become necessary due to 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 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 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,” the state said.

There has been a jailbreak at the correctional centre in Benin, Edo state, with some persons believed to be prisoners jumping off the fence, a viral video revealed.

Different videos making rounds on the internet shows some prisoners escaping the facility and a voice saying repeatedly “prisoners dey come out live and direct, they never see anything, prisoners dey come out live and direct for White house.”

In one of the videos sighted by Thepledge, some protesters were seen throwing stones at the gate of the correctional centre, as inmates were also seen scaling the fence and gatehouse into the streets, and into freedom.

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