Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has barred protests advocating for the elimination of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigeria police force.
Following several protests across the nation due to reports of brutality, harassment and extrajudicial killings by SARS operatives, Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP), had broadcasted an order on Sunday, dissolving the unit.
However, the protests still continued, with activists maintaining that more substantial steps must be taken on prohibiting SARS, since similar orders have been given in time past.
But in a statement made available on Monday night by Paulinus Nsirim, commissioner for information and communications, Governor Wike warned Rivers residents against engaging in the #EndSARS protests.
According to him , there was no need for more protests since the SARS has been dissolved by the IGP.
“The Rivers State Government hereby [wishes] to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State,” the statement read.
“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. Therefore, there is no need for any form of protest against a Unit of the Police Force that no longer exists.
“Parents and Guardians are therefore advised to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order.
“Law enforcement agencies are also directed to ensure that the ban is enforced and that violators are brought to book.”