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In Port Harcourt, #EndSARs Protesters defy Gov Wike’s directives, storm government house

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#EndSARs Protesters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State Capital, Tuesday marched to the Government House in defiance with an early directives by the state government “banning all forms of protests”:

NewsWireNGR correspondent reports that the protesters blocked the ever-busy Olaiya axis and other major roads in the state, causing gridlock as commuters and motorists were on a standstill.

“The Rivers State Government hereby wish 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,” the statement issued by Paulinus Nsirim, Commissioner for Information reads in parts.

But the government notice less than 12 hours to Tuesday did not deter the young people who are campaigning for an end to Police brutality in Nigeria.

Thousands of Nigerians continue to march in Lagos, Abuja, Osogbo and other cities to demand an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, or SARS, a police unit accused of extrajudicial killings and abuses.

In Portharcourt they kept chanting songs, as they walked to the Government House, “Wike We De Come Oh”.

The Governors Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, had on Monday 12th October, relayed the governor’s warning in a press statement.

The statement warned, Parents and Guardians 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.”

As at the time of filling this story, the protesters had arrived the government house requesting an audience with only the Governor..

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