#EndSARS: FCTA bans protest in Abuja

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By Peter Usman, Abuja

After many days of protest against SARS brutality in all parts of Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA) yesterday banned the protest and demonstrations.

Mr Anthony Ogunleye, spokesman to FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, disclosure the news of the ban in a statement to journalists on Thursday.

According to Ogunleye, the decision to ban the protest was made when the FCT Security Committee met to review the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory with a view to addressing identified challenges.

He asserted that the protesters have caused a lot of inconveniences to law-abiding citizens in the territory.

Ogunleye said, “The Committee noted with concern that despite the pronouncement by the Inspector General of Police scrapping the FSARS, the #ENDSARS protests continued in parts of the Territory.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings recommend physical distancing, temperature checks, the use of facial coverings, amongst others.

“Clearly all these guidelines were flouted by the protesters.

“Consequently, the Committee directs that due to the dangers posed by COVID-19, all street protests, demonstrations and processions will not be allowed anywhere in the FCT.”

Nigerians, mostly youths have been protesting against brutality, extortion, harassment and extrajudicial killing of citizens by police personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) nationwide.

The protest keeps spreading to all states of the federation despite the inspector general of police announcing the dissolution of the controversial police SARS unit.

While the protest has been peaceful, government authorities use security operatives to disperse protesters in different parts of the country.

Many protesters explained how armed thugs attacked them at Berger area of Abuja on Wednesday.