After Initial Threat, Governor Nyesom Wike Bows To Pressure, Joins #ENDSARS Protesters

Photo of Governor of Rivers State Nyesom Wike Addressing The #ENDSARS Protesters In Port Harcourt On Tuesday, 13th October 2020
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Information reaching Wakeupafrica360 from our correspondent in Nigeria has it that in recent week the country has faced unrest following the massive protest all over the country to end SARS and all forms of police brutality. From cities like Lagos, Enugu and now Port Harcourt, the protest doesn’t look like it will stop in any time soon. The Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike had earlier banned all forms of protests in the state most especially the ENDSARS protest. This he made in a statement signed by the State Commissioner For Information, Paulinus Nsirim on Monday evening where the Governor announced that no form of #ENDSARS protest will be allowed in the state. The Governor said the decision to ban the protests followed the announcement by the Inspector-General of Police that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been dissolved. He, therefore, argued that since SARS has been dissolved, there is no need for the protests to continue. According to Governor Nyesom Wike, “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.”

Photo of Protesters of #ENDSARS in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital
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However, after initial threat, Governor Wike bowed to pressure on Tuesday afternoon as he joined #ENDSARS protests in Port Harcourt, The River State Capital where he lamented while addressing the protester that no state in Nigeria has suffered SARS brutality more than Rivers State, South-South Nigeria. In a tweet made after the protest, Governor Wike said, “ it is not ending SARS, every Nigerian should support the total reform of the Police. We shouldn’t make a mistake, if we #ENDSARS as they have done the same police people would be used to form another body. That is what I have always supported and called for.”

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