Gov Wike says #EndSARS protesters will be arrested in Rivers

Gov Wike says #EndSARS protesters will be arrested in Rivers

<p class="">The governor says following the declaration by the IGP, the protesters have no business hitting the streets of his state. </p>

<h1>Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned that protesters rallying against police brutality, profiling and extra-judicial killings will be arrested if they are seen anywhere near his state. </h1>

<p class="">The protests with the #EndSARS and #SARSMustEnd hashtags have gone viral online and offline, since a young man was killed by a police officer in the Ughelli area of Delta State penultimate week. </p>

<p class="">Even though Inspector General of Police <strong>Mohammed Adamu </strong>and <strong>President Muhammadu Buhari </strong>have announced that the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/endsars-buhari-addresses-protests/llgxy2t" id="e39415fc-8e54-46c2-b0bc-072e4f581ecd">has been disbanded nationwide,</a> SARS personnel are still carrying on menacingly on the streets; and police killings of unarmed civilians haven’t abated.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/ZTg7MDA_/3214529a61aec161389ed5a332bf7a4b.jpg" alt="Wizkid joins London protesters [Twitter]"> <figcaption>Wizkid joins London protesters [Twitter]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">According to Wike, following the pronouncements from the president and the police boss, the protests are now unlawful. </p>

<p class=""><em>“The Rivers State Government hereby wishes to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the state,”</em> Wike said through his Commissioner for Information,<strong> Paulinus Nsirim. </strong></p>

<p class=""><em>“Therefore, all proposed protests under #EndSars campaign are hereby prohibited.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>“Government took this decision because the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had already scrapped the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. </em></p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/MGI7MDA_/1bd6138a664434b690e74fb592b05065.jpg" alt="Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has asked law enforcement to go after protesters (Punch)"> <figcaption>Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has asked law enforcement to go after protesters (Punch)</figcaption> </figure>

<p class=""><em>“Therefore, there is no need for any form of protest against a unit of the police force that no longer exists.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>"Parents and guardians are therefore advised to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order.</em></p>

<p class=""><em>"Law enforcement agencies are also directed to ensure that the ban is enforced and that violators are brought to book,"</em> he added.</p>

<p class="">Protesters continue to clash with police across the country.</p>

<figure class="image" align="center"> <img src="http://ocdn.eu/images/pulscms/YmU7MDA_/54c3efab394f48b70180e645dd4a52b8.jpg" alt="#EndSARS protesters in Lagos [Pulse]"> <figcaption>#EndSARS protesters in Lagos [Pulse]</figcaption> </figure>

<p class="">Some #EndSARS protesters in Lagos have been beaten, thrown into jail or left badly injured. At least one protester has been <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/endsars-police-kill-protester-in-lagos/10xchzk" id="5317fc8a-07d7-4221-8ae1-3292325d3770">reported dead in Lagos</a> from a police rifle. </p>

<p class="">One protester identified as <strong>Jimoh Isiaq,</strong> has <a href="https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/gov-makinde-reacts-to-the-killing-of-endsars-protester-by-police-in-ogbomosho/gtgkphf" id="9ef2df74-4a60-40cb-9ac5-c665a28505df">been killed in Oyo State.</a></p>

<p class="">Protesters have been chased with teargas canisters, live bullets and water cannons in the country’s capital city of Abuja. </p>

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<p class="">The protesters have vowed to continue cordoning off major roads and obstructing free flow of traffic until their 5-point demands are met. </p>

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