Coronavirus: FCT Announces Ban on EndSARS Protest

The Nigerian government has announced that it has banned every form of street protest in guise of ENDSARS. The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello made this known in Abuja.

Bello’s announcement was made at a security meeting which had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, heads of various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as Area Council Chairmen.

This follows the series of peaceful protests embarked upon by Nigeria across the country. However, the protest yesterday turned sore as armed thugs had attacked demonstrators in Berger area of Abuja.

The FCT minister explained that the protest had endangered the lives of residents.

According to the Minister, the protesters failed to adhere to the coronavirus protocols, hence the ban on peaceful protest.

A statement released by FCT Security Committee said: “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 as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian police.

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

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“However, the Committee noted with concern that despite the pronouncement by the Inspector General of Police scrapping the FSARS, the ENDSARS protest continued in parts of the Territory. The protesters caused inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.

“While the Committee recognizes the rights of citizens as regards freedom of association and movement as enshrined in the constitution, it has observed that the unruly conduct of the crowd and manner of demonstrations are in complete violation of the coronavirus safety protocols which were put in place to safeguard the lives of citizens.

“These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.

“Consequently, the Committee directs that due to the dangers posed by coronavirus, all street demonstrations, protests and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT.”

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