Nigeria’s commercial city, Lagos becomes second state to impose 24-hour curfew after anarchists take over protests
London, Oct. 20, 2020 (AltAfrica)-A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos after anti-police brutality protests in the city turned violent after being infiltrated by criminals.
Lagos becomes the second Nigerian state to imposed 24-hour curfew after Edo state which imposed such on Monday
The governor of Nigeria’s most populous state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu who announced the curfew said the 24-hour curfew would start from Tuesday from 16:00 local time.
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.— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 20, 2020
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said anti-police brutality protests in the city had turned violent after being infiltrated by criminals.
“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 4 pm today, 20th October 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders, must be found on the streets.”
Under the terms of the curfew, “nobody except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets,” the governor said.
A similar 24-hour curfew was imposed on Monday by another Nigerian state, Edo following attacks on two custodial centres in the state, which led to setting free of inmates by hoodlums.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, the curfew takes effect from 4pm on Monday.
Ogie said, “This decision becomes 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 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 a 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 will be dealt with according to the law.”