The security committee of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja has banned protests in the capital city over safety fears.
In a statement released by the FCT administration on Thursday, October 15, 2020, the security committee decided at its October 13 meeting that the protests are in violation of safety rules.
The committee alleged that the peaceful protesters have been behaving in an unruly manner, and caused inconveniences to others in the capital city.
The committee also alleged that the protesters have failed to comply with COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings.
According to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello who chaired the meeting, the protests pose a danger to everyone living in the city.
The committee’s meeting presided over by the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, resolved that the ongoing protests endanger the lives of everyone in the capital city.
“All street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT,” A statement read.
Nigerians have been protesting against the dreaded SARS unit of the Police Force. Even though the unit has been banned by the IGP and is to be replaced with a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, the protesters remained unmoved. In fact, they have now moved the focus on the newly created SWAT, with the hashtag #EndSWAT trending.
Meanwhile, #EndSARS and #ProSARS protesters clashed in some locations across the country, in what many believed to be an attempt to frustrate the efforts of the Protesters.