Edo state government has declared a 24-hour curfew beginning from 4pm today, Monday.
The development came few hours after an attack on the Benin Prison on Sapele road.
Hundreds of inmates were said to have been freed in an incident suspected to have been carried out by hoodlums who took advantage of #endsars protests going on in many parts of the country.
At least two police stations were attacked by the rampaging youths.
At Ugbekun police station, vehicles and some parts of the facility was set on fire.
The state government says that by the directive, schools and businesses are to shut down activities.
Those who cannot move safely are to stay put between now and 4pm till calmness is restored.
Parents are advised to rein in their children, youths and wards, to forestall further breakdown of law and order.
“While the government of Edo State respects the rights of its citizens to undertake legitimate protests, it cannot sit idly when hoodlums have taken laws into their hands to cause mayhem on innocent citizens and the state.
“The responsibility of government is to protect lives and property and maintain law and order, therefore, anyone found outside in violation of the curfew would be dealt with according to the law,” the statement by the government stated.