Youths defy Wike, take protest to Brick House
Gov calls for police reform
In defiance of Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike’s ban on EndSARS protests, thousands of youths stormed his office in Port Harcourt to demand justice for victims of police brutality.
The youths said they could not continue to fall prey to trigger-happy policemen, particularly members of the disbanded Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).
Following the scrapping of the police unit on Sunday by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, Wike had on Monday prohibited all EndSARS protests in the state.
But thousands of youths, including actress, Hilda Dokubo; BBNiaja star, Tasha; and other entertainers, who deemed Wike’s directive unconstitutional, gathered at the popular Pleasure Park along Port Harcourt/Aba road yesterday, from where they marched through the streets of Port Harcourt to demand an end to incessant cases of police brutality.
The chairman, Civil Liberty Organisation (CLO) in the South South, Karl Uchegbu, urged the police to go after fraudsters and stop branding every well-dressed youth as one.
He explained that clamour for the reform of the police was also in the interest of the police personnel who, according to him, were barely trained on human rights.
HOWEVER Governor Wike said he was not satisfied with just scrapping of SARS. He called for complete reform of the force.
“If we do not reform the police, the same SARS officers will be deployed to other units of the force to continue their evil acts.
“SARS cannot be and has never been our friend in Rivers State. They killed a lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic without a cause and people kept quiet,” he said.
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