Nigerian soldiers have taken over key locations in Abuja to prevent the #EndSARS protesters from converging on Monday morning.
SARS, as the unit is popularly known, has been accused of crimes including extrajudicial killing, kidnapping and extortion.
Thousands of young Nigerians took to social media and the streets in major cities including Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Ibadan, to press home their demands for the disbandment of SARS,and end to Police brutality in Nigeria amongst others.
The Nigerian Army had last week warned that it was loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari and the country, and that it would defend the country’s democracy.
It issued a stern warning to people it termed “subversive elements”. Many critics believed the army’s statement was targeted at #EndSARS protesters.
“As a responsible and law abiding organisation, the NA reaffirms its unalloyed loyalty and commitment to the President, Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari and the constitution of the country,” Col Sagir Musa, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said in a statement.