Nigerians react as Wike warns #ENDSARS protesters not to demonstrate in his state
Written by MaryGift Sunday on October 13, 2020
Nigerians have reacted to a statement credited to Governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers, where he issued an order prohibiting residents in Rivers state from embarking on #ENDSARS protest.
Protests have swept the nook and crannies of Nigeria, following alleged brutalization, dehumanization, extortion, extra judicial killings, intimidations and assaults from the operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
However, Wike, through his Paulinus Nsirim, commissioner for information and communications, described the protest as useless, noting that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had disbanded the unit of the Police force.
His word: “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.
“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.” Irked with his comment, Nigerians via twitter swiftly reacted Below are some gathered comments:
He shared cup of rice during campaign.
Somewhere in Nigeria, a democratic government, Gov Wike is banning a peaceful protest, the violation of human rights in Nigeria is beyond unbearable now! #SarsMustGoNow #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria
— Righteous Stoner 🍁 (@Ingrid_thinking) October 13, 2020 Oga wike it’s our constitutional right! #WeMove
— Maztaray (@AyivorMike) October 13, 2020 #SarsMustend #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria protest is on going @ PortHarcourt pleasure park now… If you’re in PortHarcourt we need the numbers… Wike is about snitching on us.. @
— #EndSARS The SEVENTH SON (@MendezMartins) October 13, 2020 I opine we should all see from wike’s point of view. Rivers state is a very volatile state and we all know this. He knows this too and is tryNa make sure nothin go wrong. Let’s allow PH lie low for now abeg. It’ll be a bloodshed if police kill one youth, mistakenly or otherwise
— #ENDSARS (@ManLikeObi_) October 13, 2020 This is what vexed me most about Wike’s nonsense https://t.co/jjsRA7lsdH
— Tobi Flink Dapo (@Tobi_Flink) October 13, 2020 #SarsMustGoNow #EndPoliceBrutality Gov. Wike just dey yarn dust.