…Prisoners Escape in Ondo
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state.
The curfew took effect from 7pm, on Wednesday, following alleged attacks and destruction of government facilities by hoodlums and suspected cultists.
In a statewide broadcast, the State Governor noted that hoodlums and cultists took over the peaceful protest by #EndSARS protesters in the state.
He noted that the hoodlums made an attempt to set police stations within the state capital ablaze, adding that an attempt was also made to set prisoners free from the Abakaliki prison, which he said was resisted by security agents.
Governor Umahi further said that government vehicles and other facilities were under heavy attack by the hoodlums, adding that many security agents sustained various degrees of injuries as the hoodlums and cultists shot at them.
He regretted that those that perpetrated the act were not Ebonyi people but agents brought into the state by yet to be identified individuals, noting that the hoodlums did not wish the state well.
In a related development, his Delta State’s counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa, has also imposed a 48-hour curfew on the state following incidents of arson and destruction of government property in Asaba by hoodlums.
He also announced the closure of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state until November 2, 2020.
In a statewide broadcast in Asaba on Thursday, the governor said the curfew will commence at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
He said that the peaceful protests by the #ENDSARS protesters has been hijacked by suspected criminals, and stated that the state government will not watch the elements have a field day.
The governor commended the #ENDSARS protesters for their peaceful conduct, but appealed to them to give peace a chance by allowing the government to address their demands.
Meanwhile, in Ondo State, about 50 inmates were said to have escape from the National Correctional Service Centre in Okitipupa, during a jail break on Thursday, 22nd October, 2020.