Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has prohibited all forms of #EndSARS protest in the state.
This was made known in a statement released on Monday evening by the Rivers State commissioner for information, Paulinus Nsirim against the backdrop of protest against police brutality in Nigeria.
The statement read: “The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State,” Nsirim said in a statement.
“Therefore, all proposed protests under #EndSars Campaign are hereby prohibited.”
Nsirim said the government took the decision following the dissolution of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the inspector-general of police Mohammed Adamu.
“There is no need for any form of protest against a Unit of the Police Force that no longer exists,” he noted.
It is worthwhile to note that the governor’s pronouncement is in contravention of the provisions of Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which guarantees to freedom of association.
Interestingly, the Governor is a lawyer while his wife, Eberechi, is a judge.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International in Nigeria has raised an alarm Iver the dictatorial directive saying Wike must “be held accountable for any violation of protesters.”
EndSARS protests have continued in spite of the dissolution of the unit by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu.
On Monday youths trooped out in Lagos, Abuja, Ilorin and other cities to demand urgent police reforms and an end to police brutality