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#EndSARS: Lagos Imposes 24-Hour Curfew ‘To Prevent Anarchy’

The Lagos State government has declared a total restriction on movements starting from 4 pm on Tuesday, in reaction, it said, to the criminal activities of hoodlums.

“I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society,” Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said as he made this announcement today.

“Lives and limbs have been lost as criminals and miscreants are now hiding under the umbrella of these protests to unleash mayhem on our state. As a government that is alive to its responsibility and has shown a commitment to the movement #ENDSARS, we will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state. 

“I, therefore, hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4 pm today, 20th October, 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.”

The government of Edo State made a similar declaration on Monday following the breakdown of law and order and the attack of police stations and correctional facilities in the state.

Thugs reportedly set a police station at Orile Iganmu, Lagos, ablaze on Tuesday.

“One of the officers at Orile shot and killed a resident Tuesday morning, which aggravated the anger of hoodlums, who already tagged Orile Station as one of the most corrupt in the state,” ThisDay newspaper reported.

“Thugs were said to have hijacked the peaceful #EndSARS protests, causing the protesters to scamper to safety while the thugs created havoc, destruction and mayhem.”

Operatives of the Rapid Response Squad in Lagos were reportedly attacked on Monday by a mob in Yaba. According to the police spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, 19 of the police officers were critically injured and four vehicles were damaged in the incident.

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