#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Declares 24 Hours Curfew In Lagos

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The Lagos State Government has declared an indefinite 24 hours curfew following almost two weeks of demonstrations against police brutality.

The state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu said the move became necessary as criminals had hijacked the protest movement “to unleash mayhem”.

“Nobody except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets from 4pm,” he said. “We will not watch and allow anarchy in our dear state,” the governor added, saying the protests had “degenerated into a monster”.

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The statement he issued on Tuesday read in part; “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.” Sanwo-Olu said.

Clarifying questions arising from the short notice given the residents of the state, the governor’s spokesman, Gboyega Akosile, said the curfew would not end on Wednesday. “A 24-hour curfew means all round the clock, day and night. It is indefinite. Nobody moves until we lift the curfew.”

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