President Muhammadu Buhari

Wakeupafrica360 correspondent in Nigeria reports that #EndSARS protesters, yesterday, moved to make good their threat to resume the #EndSARS protest, triggering fresh concerns. This is coming six weeks after a violent turn of events as the #EndSARS protests in October turned into violence and destruction across the country. President Muhammadu Buhari warned that his administration will decisively deal with any act of hooliganism from Nigerians who hide behind the guise of peaceful protests. He said his administration will treat any fresh demonstration particularly if it threatens to disrupt peace and security of any part of the country, as high treason aimed at unconstitutional regime change. President Buhari also commended the army for their efforts in swiftly restoring law and order in many states, he said: “Let me mention the #EndSARS protest which was recently hijacked by hoodlums which resulted in loss of lives and properties in many situations across the country. I want to reiterate our government’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests. However, this must be done responsibly in accordance with the laws of the land. I also want to state that any act of hooliganism hiding behind the peaceful protests, will be highly dealt with decisively to ensure the peace and stability of our nation. On this note, I commend the Nigeria Army for their efforts to swiftly restore law and order in many states during the large-scale criminality that ensued in the wake of the #ENDSARS protests”. The president on Monday stated these while virtually declaring open the Chief of Army Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 from the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Despite the threats from president Muhammadu Buhari, several Nigerian youths have resumed what they termed a second wave of #EndSARS protest in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, demanding an end to all forms of police brutality. The demonstrators, in their hundreds, were also demanding the release of all detained protesters and unfreezing of their accounts by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). They had converged at the Ogo-Oluwa area and marched to the Osun State House of Assembly where it’s believed they will demand an audience with the leadership of the Assembly. Some of the protesters had various placards which read: “We are not fighting for any political party”, “#End Bad Judiciary in Nigeria”, “#End fake judicial panel of Inquiry in Osun”, “Unfreeze all the frozen account”, “We are Nigerian youths,” among others. In Lagos yesterday, soldiers were stationed at the Lekki tollgate, Opebi, Alausa, and Ikeja areas to forestall the planned protests. Scores of police officers and soldiers were seen patrolling the Ikeja, Opebi, Ojota, and Lekki tollgate areas, the cynosure of the October protests, in a show of force to forestall mass gathering. In a statement on Sunday, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had said the command would not allow any demonstration under any guise. The Lagos Police Command, in a fresh statement yesterday, said, contrary to viral videos on social media, no #EndSARS protest was staged at the Lekki toll plaza on Monday.

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