Protesters stormed pleasure park and other streets in Portharcourt to call for an end to police brutality.
Governor Nyesom Wike had in a statement on Monday announced that his government had banned all forms of protests throughout the state. However, the citizens seem to defy this warning and went ahead to protest today.
He said, “Therefore all proposed protests under #EndSars campaign are hereby prohibited. Government took this decision because the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had already scrapped the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
“Therefore, there is no need for any form of protest against a unit of the Police Force that no longer exists. Parents and guardians ensure that your children or wards do not violate this order.
However, the young protesters hit the streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Tuesday, October 13, holding aloft #EndSARS placards and chanting: “End SARS, politicians dey loot us, Olopa (police) dey shoot us, dis country na wa o.”
In the Video below protesters say their minds
Hence, they insisted that more concrete steps must be taken on proscribing SARS since similar directives had been given in the past.
The protesters have obstructed vehicular traffic in cities. However, In Lagos, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Lekki-Epe expressway, among others, have been closed to traffic by the protesters.
What the protesters wants.
The protesters have says the federal government to accede to a new set of demands.
- Release all protesters who are in police custody.
- Increasing the pay of police officers.
- Also, Psychologically evaluating all officers redeployed to other police formations from SARS Unit.
So, with this done the nationwide street protests will end.
The nationwide and global protests, now in their second week. The protest was reignited after a police officer took laws into his hand. He murdered a man in the Ughelli area of Delta State, penultimate week.
So, Nigerians have been calling for the scrapping of SARS for decades, but this is the first time the anti-SARS chants have hit the streets on this scale.
SARS, accused of human rights abuses and extra-judicial killings.
Moreover, the protesters also reacted on twitter:
Meanwhile, Hotsteppers has promised to keep you updated with the protests outcome.
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