- Medical workers, fire fighters, Journalists from registered media houses, emergency workers exempted
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, imposed 24-hour curfew across the State in response to pockets of violence creeping into the protests calling for the end to police brutality.
The curfew, according to the Governor, will take off from 4pm today and it is indefinite. Only workers on essential services are exempted from the restrictive measure.
The Governor’s decision came against the backdrop of reports of bloody violence in some parts of the State. On Monday, some policemen attached to Rapid Response Squad (RRS) were attacked and injured by a group of demonstrators in Ebutte Meta. Also, people were killed and properties destroyed in the violence reported in Ikorodu, Orile Iganmu, Lagos Island and Ikeja as a result of protest.
While announcing the curfew, Sanwo-Olu said he had watched with shock how the EndSARS protests started peacefully and slowly degenerated into a monster threatening the well-being of the residents.
He said miscreants were hiding under the umbrella of the protests to unleash mayhem in Lagos, stressing that some innocent citizens had lost their lives and limbs as criminals foment violence in the State.
Sanwo-Olu said: “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. Therefore, I hereby impose a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the State as from 4pm today, October 20, 2020. Nobody, except essential service providers and first responders must be found on the streets.”
The Governor asked the security agencies to effect the restrictive order across the State, saying workers on emergency and essential services only should be allowed to move during the curfew period.
Others exempted from the curfew include all security agencies, medical workers, fire fighters, and journalists working with registered media organisations only.