Port Harcourt residents on Tuesday, defied the directive of the state governor, Nyesom Wike, to go ahead with the planned #EndSARS protest in the state.
Statistics have shown that Port Harcourt is a city with the second highest number of SARS and Police Brutality cases, falling behind only to Lagos state.
That notwithstanding, the governor had on Monday evening, placed a ban on the #End SARS protests across the state.
Wike, who spoke through the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, explained that there was no need for the planned protest since the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, had terminated the operations of the Special Anti-robbery Squad.
The statement reads; “The Rivers State Government hereby wishes to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State. 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. The Governor, therefore, calls on parents and guardians to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order,” the statement explained.