#EndSARS protest spreads to more states – Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Enugu, others join

Posted by News Express | 13 October 2020 | 1,089 times

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Protesters on Tuesday continued their agitations against police brutality and high-handed operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS).

Port Harcourt the capital of Rivers State; Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State; and Enugu the capital city of Enugu are some of the new states where the protest is ongoing today.

Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Hundreds of protesters march on the major streets of Port Harcourt after they initially assembled at Pleasure Park.

Port Harcourt protesters defied the order given by the state governor Nyesom Wike who on Monday said it has prohibited all forms of protest in the state.

Enugu, Enugu State

In Enugu, the protesters gathered early in the morning and marched major streets in the city. Police Officers can be seen on the ground to provide protection for the protesters.

This is the first march in Enugu since the campaign against police brutality and operations of FSARS commenced in Nigeria. The group is expected to match the government house and state police command to register their complaints.

Music artistes Flavour and Phyno were also part of the protest in Enugu.

Owerri, Imo State

In Owerri, Imo State capital, the protesters converged at Freedom Square bearing placards demanding an end to police brutality, extortion, and extrajudicial killings.

Uyo, Akwa Ibom

Thousands of protesters gathered at the popular ‘globe’ along Wellington Bassey Way. They insisted that they should be addressed by the state governor Emmanuel Udom.

Akure, Ondo State

Protesters in Akure, Ondo State capital staged a peaceful protest against the Special Anti Robbery Squad ( SARS). The protesters converged in Adegbemile Area of the city, with placards bearing various descriptions.

The protesters marched to other parts of the city to express their grievances on the killings and brutality by SARS operatives.

Ibadan, Oyo State capital

Protesters against police brutality, extortion, and extra-judicial killing on Tuesday morning gathered at the Government Secretariat in Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State capital.

All adjoining roads to the secretariat were blocked as a result of the activities of the protesters who demanded to be addressed by the State Governor Seyi Makinde.

The Deputy Governor Rauf Olaniyan however addressed the protesters and informed them that Governor Makinde is currently in Ogbomoso.

In solidarity with the protesters, the deputy governor carried placards and joined voices with them, condemning police brutality and harassment.

Lagos

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday showed his support for the EndSARS campaigners by carrying a placard and marching with them.

He shared photos on his twitter page and announced that he has received a letter of their demands.

#EndSARS Protest On Monday

The public outcry and protest against police brutality and operations of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) continued on Monday with Nigerians making more demands.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had earlier announced the dissolution of the F-SARS after days of protests across the country.

The protest continues across the country continued on Monday with the protesters demanding the immediate release of all arrested protesters; justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families and setting up an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct (within 10 days).

Other demands include psychological evaluation and retraining of all disbanded SARS before they can be redeployed and increase in police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.

The police unit was founded in 1992 to combat cases of armed robbery, kidnapping, and other violent crimes. But SARS, instead, over time, has gained notoriety for its reckless intimidation of innocent civilians through puerile profiling and wanton abuse of power. (Channels TV)


Source: News Express

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