- As #EndSARS protest turns violent
The ongoing #EndSARS protest is taking new twists and turns in Lagos State as the state have started witnessing spate of violence purportedly perpetrated by hoodlums.
Consequently, the state governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state to curtail further degeneration of the situation.
In a message via his official Twitter handle announcing the restriction in movement across the state, Sanwo-Olu said: “Dear Lagosians, 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.”
The governor further directed that nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.”
Business Metrics reported that in anticipation of violence from the protest, the Lagos State government had on Monday shut down public and private schools in the state.
In a press release, the state commissioner of education, Folasade Adefisayo, explained that the step was imperative as part of the measures aimed at ensuring the safety of the pupils/students, parents, and all staff working in schools at this critical period