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Police deploy officers to implement curfew in Lagos

By Amidu Arije

The Lagos State Police Command has said the 24 hours curfew imposed by the state government as a result of the violence that has taken over the initial peaceful #ENDSARS protest in the state.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has imposed a 24 hours curfew on the state starting 4pm today as the fallout of hoodlums take over of the peaceful #ENDSARS protests by youths in the state.

Following this, the police in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the police will implement in totality the curfew order in the state by deploying men of the forces in all parts of the state.

The police force while stating that human rights would not be infringed upon, warned that any protester seen outside from 4 pm today would be dealt with in accordance with the law.

He said: “Due to the new development of violent attacks on police officers and men and formations including innocent Nigerians in Lagos State, and the 24 hours curfew imposed by the Lagos State Government with effect from 4 pm today, 20th October, 2020, the Lagos State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that henceforth no protest or gathering or possession, under whatever guise, is permitted within Lagos State.

In light of the above, all security agencies have deployed adequate personnel to take charge and enforce the curfew across the state.

While the command is resolute in the sustenance of human rights and democratic tenets, the general public is hereby warned to comply with the curfew and desist from any act of violence in the state as the command will resist such in totality.”

Adejobi said it is now obvious that the peaceful protest has been hijacked by hoodlums, this he said the police will no longer allow happening in the state.

“Its crystal clear that the Endsars protest has been hijacked by hoodlums who want to run down the state and the police command will resist such state of anarchy, unrest and brouhaha with all powers within the ambit of the law.”

The Public Relations Officer also confirmed the setting ablaze of the Orile Police station and injuring of police officers in the station in the early hours of Tuesday.

“In the same vein, the command regrets to confirm the setting ablaze of Orile Police State today at about 10 am, where some of our policemen were critically injured and unconfirmed reports state that one of them is dead,” he said.

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