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Governor Nyesom Wike has banned any form of protest.
Wike disclosed this in a statement signed by Paulinus Nsirim, the state’s commissioner for information and communications.
As protesters gear up to take to the streets of Rivers state calling for the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS)
and the reformation of the Nigeria police force.
According to him, the decision was taken given the fact that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had already scrapped SARS.
The governor also called on security agencies to ensure that the protest must not take place.
The statement read in full:
“The Rivers state government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the state.
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.