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#EndSARS: Lagos declares 24-hour curfew

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo -Olu, has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state effective 4pm Tuesday ( today) .

The governor made this known in a statement while lamenting that the protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings had morphed into violence .

He said, “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. 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 4pm today, 20th October, 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets. ”

The #EndSARS protests rocking the country have continued for almost two weeks with youths calling for a lasting reform of the Nigeria Police Force.

Major highways have been blocked by the youths, thereby, causing gridlock and affecting economic activities .

Suspected hoodlums had also hijacked the #EndSARS campaign in some cities , wreaked havoc on citizens and vandalised public assets in Lagos , Benin, Abuja, amongst other major cities .

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