Edo Govt Declares 24-hour Curfew in Benin Communities For Security Operations

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The Edo State Government imposed a 24-hour curfew on some communities in the outskirts of Benin City, the state capital. 

According to a statement on Wednesday by Osarodion Ogie, secretary  to the state government,  the curfew is for the purpose  of carrying out some security operations in the Obazagbon to Ogheghe axis. 

The state government warned residents to stay indoors or risk arrest if caught, while motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

Ogie’s statement reads: “This is to notify the general public that the Edo State Government has declared a curfew in the Obazagbon to Ogheghe axis of the Irhirhi-Arogba-Obazagbon-Ogheghe Road for 24 hours, starting from 12.00am Thursday, September 29, 2022 to 12am Friday, September 30, 2022.

“Government is conducting a security operation in the area and warns members of the communities to steer clear of the Obazagbon to Ogheghe axis of the road, so as not to endanger themselves.

“Residents in the area are advised to stay indoors as the government embarks on the security exercise.”

Ogie said the affected areas are from Obazagbon Junction to Ogheghe Junction on the Irhirhi-Arogba-Obazagbon-Ogheghe Road and environs; from Ogheghe Junction on the Irhirhi Road up to Ogba River and environs; road connecting Okoroma Junction on the Irhirhi Road to Amagba and environs and from Amagba Junction to Ogba River on the Ogheghe – Obagie Road (link to Sapele Road) and environs.The statement said “Motorists and pedestrians are advised to use alternative routes. Anyone found loitering in the area during the curfew will be arrested. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.”

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