ENDSARS Protest in Abuja Banned for violating COVID-19 rules

ENDSARS Protest in Abuja Banned for violating COVID-19 rules

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) security committee in Abuja has placed a ban on ENDSARS protests in the capital city over safety fears.

Nigerians have been protesting nationwide for over a week for the scrapping of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, a unit with a long history of abuse of power.

Even though the government dissolved the unit earlier this week, protesters have refused to back down, expressing discontent with the government’s measures.

The security committee of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has placed a ban on protests in the capital city over safety fears.
Nigerians have been protesting nationwide for over a week for the scrapping of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force, a unit with a long history of abuse of power.

Even though the government dissolved the unit earlier this week, protesters have refused to back down, expressing discontent with the government’s measures.

ENDSARS Protest in Abuja Banned for violating COVID-19 rules
ENDSARS Protest in Abuja Banned for violating COVID-19 rules

The committee also alleged that the protesters have failed to comply with COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings.

The committee’s meeting, presided over by FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, resolved that the ongoing protests endanger the lives of everyone in the capital city.

“All street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT,” the statement read.

The statement failed to state the consequences for violating the ban, but at least 10 protesters have been killed, and many assaulted by police officers since the protests started over a week ago.

Hoodlums have also attacked the protesters in Lagos and Abuja and injured some while also damaging property.

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