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BREAKING: FCT bans End-SARS protest in Abuja

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello, has banned all types of road protests within the capital metropolis of Abuja.

Bello introduced the ban at a security meeting which had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, heads of assorted security agencies and military formations within the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions in addition to Area Council Chairmen.

This adopted the demonstration in opposition to police brutality in Abuja.

The peaceable protest had yesterday turned sore as armed thugs had attacked demonstrators in Berger space of Abuja.

Nonetheless, the minister defined that the protest had endangered the lives of residents.

In accordance with the Minister, the protesters failed to stick to the COVID-19 protocols, therefore the ban on peaceable protest.

An announcement released by FCT Security Committee stated: “The Committee noted with satisfaction the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Inspector-General of Police to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad {SARS} in addition to different reforms geared toward enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian police.

Read more: #EndSARS: Wike bans protests in River State.

“It additionally noted that in response to the directive of the President and the yearnings of the Nigerian individuals, the Inspector General of Police has dissolved the SARS across the 36 State Police Instructions and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) the place they hitherto existed.

“Nonetheless, the Committee famous with concern that regardless of the pronouncement by the Inspector Common of Police scrapping the FSARS, the #ENDSARS protests continued in elements of the Territory. The protesters brought on inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.

“Whereas the Committee acknowledges the rights of residents as regards freedom of affiliation and motion as enshrined within the structure, it has noticed that the unruly conduct of the crowd and method of demonstrations are in full violation of the COVID-19 security protocols which have been put in place to safeguard the lives of residents.

“These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but additionally different citizens going about their reputable considerations.

“Consequently, the Committee directs that as a result of risks posed by COVID-19, all road demonstrations, protests and processions won’t be allowed wherever throughout the FCT.”

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