ENDSARS protests claim two lives in Abuja, one in Delta, hoodlums invade Benin Correctional Centre, free inmates

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    The ENDSARS protesters seeking an end to police brutality took a bloody dimension in Abuja on Monday, October 19, as two protesters were allegedly killed by hoodlums around the Apo junction in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    According to reports, a car mart in the area was also set ablaze by the hoodlums.

    The police dispersed hundreds of protesters who marched along Yakubu Gowon Crescent, in the Asokoro area of the FCT.

    Reports say that following the escalation of the protests in the FCT, soldiers mounted check-points along the Maraba-Nyanya road linking the neighbouring Nasarawa state with the FCT. 

    And from Edo state, comes the report that hoodlums invaded the Benin Medium Security Correctional Centre, along Sapele Road, which led to the freeing of an unspecified number of prison inmates.

    Some of the hoodlums were reportedly caught on camera brandishing cutlasses close to the Correctional Centre. 

    Reports also said that the hoodlums attacked and burnt three police stations in the city.

    The ancient city was reportedly shut down before noon on Monday as protesters light bonfire on some major roads in the city, especially the Upper Mission Road. 

    The hoodlums allegedly attacked individuals and some public institutions.

    Following this development, the Edo state government on Monday imposed a 24-hour curfew across the state beginning from 4 p.m.

    Also on Monday, the Lagos state Government  ordered the closure of private and public schools in the state following the tension caused by the ENDSARS protests in the state, especially Lagos, the state capital.

    Several government offices were shut down on Monday as protesters blocked several major roads in Ikeja and Alausa areas of the state.

    And in Sapele, Delta state, comes the report that a 13-year-old protester was killed when a group of boys suspected to be hoodlums attacked the ENDSARS protesters in the city.

    Several states in the federation, including Lagos,Kaduna, Delta and Plateau on Monday set up Judicial Panel of Inquiry to investigate the alleged police brutality on their citizens. 

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