The government of Rivers state has issued a statement banning protests across the state effective from today 13th October, 2020
The statement reads:
GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
The Rivers State Government hereby wish 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.
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.
Commissioner for Information and Communications
October 12, 2020
The ban on protests by the governor runs contrary to the provision of Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution, which guarantees to freedom of association.
Amnesty International in Nigeria said Wike must “be held accountable for any violation of protesters.”
Before now,Wike blamed operatives of SARS for “most” of the robberies and kidnappings in the state.