In a statement issued on Monday night, by the Rivers State Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim, Governor Wike said that since the Police has scrapped the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, there is “no need for any form of protest against a Unit of the Police Force that no longer exists”.
He stated that the Law Enforcement Agencies have been directed to enforce the ban, and “bring violators to book”.
“Parents and guardians are therefore, advised to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order”, the statement noted.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had on Sunday, announced the “dissolution” of SARS, a Police Unit notorious for its brutality against innocent citizens, especially the youths.
Despite the IGP’s announcement, protesters have continued to march through the streets in various parts of the country, demanding for more justice, epecially for those killed by SARS, an end to Police brutality, and a proper enforcement of the disbandment of SARS, among other demands from the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government.
The protests have generally been peaceful, except in some places where the Police deployed force and fired live bullets and teargas to disperse the very peaceful protesters.
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