The protesting youths had Wednesday evening besieged almost every major junctions in the metropolis burning fires and performing some acrobatic displays with motorcycles and tricycles, popularly called Keke NAPEP.
But later at about 10pm information filtered in that some of the protesters had taken over the Benin-Asaba expressway, looting and breaking into some business premises. In the process the operational office of the Federal Road Safety, FRSC in Asaba and the Beautification Garden at Koka junction were razed down. The hostility forced the state government on Thursday morning to declare curfew from 6pm, ordering the closure of all public and private primary and secondary schools till November 2, 2020. Apart from the curfew, the presentation of the 2021 budget estimates by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to the House of Assembly earlier scheduled for Thursday 22nd October 2020 was put off indefinitely.
Correspondent who drove round part of the metropolis earlier in the day observed that many major business establishments, including Banks, Shoprite, Petrol Stations, as well as some government offices were under lock and keys.
Public and private primary and secondary schools closed as early as 9:30am and Students and Pupils were seen in their numbers rushing back home. The State Police Command headquarters along the Okpanam road was partially condoned off, forcing motorists to take one way or alternative routes to their destinations. Some of the major roads were usually busy, while calmness enveloped the adjoining streets. It was gathered that lots of robberies took place along the express way last night by some criminal elements that have hijacked the peaceful process. Meanwhile the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori says the State Legislature was ready to address concerns raised by citizens over alleged brutality and intimidations by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force. The Speaker gave the assurance when he addressed “End SARS” protesters who stormed the Assembly Complex, demanding for an end to police brutality in the country. Flanked by some principal officers and members of the State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Oborevwori assured the protesting youths of the Assembly commitment to protecting the rights of the citizens.