Rivers State Government has banned all planned protests under the #EndSARS Campaign.
Nigerians across the country had been protesting against police harassment and brutality. They demanded the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The Inspector General of Police subsequently dissolved the notorious unit. But the protesters have not ceased, calling for total reforms in the Nigeria Police Force.
In a statement signed by Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, he said the Governor Nyesom Wike-led administration has banned such protests from holding in the state.
The government noted that there’s no need to protest against a defunct police unit.
While advising parents to ensure their children don’t violate the order, it directed law enforcement agencies to enforce the ban
“The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State,” the statement 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 are therefore advised to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order.
“Law enforcement agencies are also directed to ensure that the ban is enforced and that violators are brought to book.”