#EndSars: FCT bans street protests in line with COVID-19 protocol

Nigerian youths protest 

As Nigerian youths continue their protests across the country over what they described as police brutality, the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee has directed that all street demonstrations, protests, and processions will no longer be allowed anywhere within its environs henceforth. 

This, according to the committee, is in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday, explained that the decision became necessary due to the dangers posed by the outbreak of the pandemic.

Mr. Ogunleye noted that the committee is satisfied with the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad {ARS} as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian Police.

He added that despite the pronouncement by the IGP scrapping the unit, the #EndSARS protests continued in parts of the FCT, causing inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.

“The security committee has reiterated the commitment of the FCT administration to ensure that all residents are safe, secure, and able to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment,” the statement reads, among other things.

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