EndSARS protesters challenge Nigerian governor

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EndSARS protesters challenge Nigerian governor

Protesters in Rivers State, southern Nigeria, march towards the seat of government in the state capital, Port Harcourt, in defiance of the governor who has banned all forms of events.

Governor Nyesom Wike said on Monday that the #EndSARS protests were unnecessary after protests continued in other parts of the country despite the disbandment by authorities of the Special Anti-Theft Brigade (Sars), known for his arrests and meurtres illegal.

"The police are also required to ensure that the ban is applied and that violators are brought to justice," said his spokesperson. Paulinus Nsirim in a statement posted on Twitter.

But despite a heavy police presence, the protesters still showed up at the Pleasure Park - their agreed-upon location on the outskirts of town from where they began to march along a road. main.

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One of the protesters, Gospel Orji, told the BBC that they were heading to government headquarters to speak to the governor about his statement.

“It's no longer a protest, it's a movement,” he said.

"We are going to show them that the power belongs to the people," he said.

Protests are also underway in several other states in the country, despite assurances from President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday that Sars' disbandment was the first step in police reform.

On the same day, a civilian and a policeman were killed in the commercial capital, Lagos, questioning the sincerity of the authorities to put an end to police brutality.

The cities where demonstrations are currently taking place are:

  • Port Harcourt
  • Aba
  • Enugu
  • Ibadan
  • Lagos
  • Jos
  • Abuja

Protesters want authorities to arrest and prosecute police officers implicated in the death and harassment of citizens since the protests began last week, to show the seriousness of the reforms of the police.

This article appeared first on: https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-africa-47639452

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