EndSars protest: Umahi imposes 24 hour dusk to dawn curfew in Ebonyi

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Jacob Ogodo, Abakaliki

As the EndSars protests assume a dangerous dimension, Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi has imposed a 24 hours curfew from 7:00 pm of 21st of October, 2020.

Gov. Umahi who made this in a state wide broadcast on the EndSars protest in the state paid condolence to all those who lost their lives in the cause of the agitation tagged #EndSARS.

He urged the security agencies to block all the borders from 7:00 pm the 21st October, 2020 and to protect all lives and property.

He lamented that security agencies in the state have sustained injuries from the attacks of the hoodlums, adding that the Security agencies have exercised great patients and wisdom in handling the issue at stake and urged them to continue doing just that

Umahi noted that the hoodlums and cultists have burnt many police stations, moving to prison to set prisoners free and they are attacking security agencies including shooting at them.

“I therefore, call on security agencies to block all our borders from 7:00 pm today, the 21st October, 2020 and to protect all lives and property.

“Furthermore, I, the Governor of the state, by the powers conferred on me by the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, I hereby impose a 24 hours curfew from 7:00 pm today, the 21st of October, 2020.

“I appeal to all these hoodlums and cultist to please use the time available today to leave the state very peacefully and I appeal to all the security agencies to continue to maintain calm even in the face of severe provocation and attack.

Government vehicles and infrastructure of government have come under severe destruction and this is regrettable.

“I will continue to say that the peaceful protesters have their legitimate demands and I offer my apologies for many areas we leaders have failed our young children. We believe that the success of the peaceful #endSARS protest will make we leaders make amends where necessary.

“I appeal to our people not to allow outsiders to distroy the modest improvements of our state which may not have gone down well to some people outside our state who do not wish us well and who imported these hoodlums to our state.

“Whether these people came from outside is a reality but they remain our children and so, I appeal to them, again and again to please, leave the state.”