Hoodlums Forcefully Release Prisoners In Benin

Suspected hoodlums on Monday broke into the Benin Prison popularly called the White House and freed several inmates in one of the cells.

The armed squad of prison officials engaged the suspected hoodlums in gun fire which resulted some persons sustaining injuries.

Also destroyed was the High Court 4 which is beside the prison where the hoodlums vandalised.

The hoodlums started gathering along Sapele Road beside the prison as early as 7am setting bonfires and sending back road users.

They launched their attack when their number swelled considerably, broke a part of the wall while some climbed the fence into the prison yard.

Meanwhile, the Edo State Government has imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state until further notice.

The curfew is to take effect from 4pm, October 19, 2020 Monday.

CANDIIDONLINE gathered that apart from the jailbreak, there were reports of vandalisation and alleged attacks on residents in the state.

The government, in a press statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, on Monday, described the development as disturbing.

The statement was titled, ‘Edo govt declares 24-hour curfew’.

It reads in part, “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 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.”

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