Following the last wave of EndSars protest where many citizens have lost their lives due to shooting of live amunitions from the uniformed men of Nigeria.
The Nigerian Police in Cross River State has threatened to deal with End SARS protesters planning to storm the streets on Monday. December 7th 2020.
Police in a press release with ref AZ:5250/CRS/PPRD/Vol.17/93, titled, ‘No room for violent protest, gathering in cross River State’ signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Irene Ugbo and made available to NAIJALOADED on Monday said the force has received intelligence about expected violent End SARS protest in the State on Monday, December 7th.
“The Command has actionable intelligence that certain individuals, or groups have concluded plans to entice innocent citizens, especially youths, into their planned protest which is proposed to commence tomorrow, Monday, 7th December, 2020 at strategic locations in the State.
“Consequently, the Command wishes to reiterate that the memories of Government of Cross River State, private entrepreneurs and security families are still fresh in losses recorded on the occasion of the recent END SARS protesters which was highly condemned.
“It’s on the above, that the Cross River State Police Command, therefore, caution those who might want to hide under END SARS protest to spark another catastrophic impact with intent to cause chaos in the state, to refrain from such unprofitable evil venture as the Police and other security agencies will not fold their hands while individuals or groups mastermind another violence and absolute freedom of individuals in the state,”
“The Cross River State Police Command wishes to draw the attention of the general public against any gathering, procession or protest in Cross River as some unscrupulous individuals or group of persons are planning to embark on another similar destructive and fierce END SARS protest that left unsuspecting and law-abiding citizens into a repeated wanton destruction in the State.
“In the same vein, the Command equally warns parents and guardians to caution and discourage their Children/Wards from being used for any act, gathering or protest capable of causing mayhem in the state. At this juncture, the Command wishes to state crystal clear that any unlawful assembly, procession or protest will be ethically subdued in line with the provisions of the extant laws.
“Furthermore, the police command enjoins residents to go about their lawful businesses as anyone attempting to sabotage, truncate or cause breach of peace in the state should have a rethink and change of attitude towards the betterment of the all, please.”
Furthermore, the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has also warned those planning to hit the streets for protest. The governor said the youth should consolidate on the gains of the protest by fully participating in various judicial panels of inquiry set up by the various state governments.
Bello also said:
“In the face of all this and as the first sitting governor who publicly upheld the rights of our youths to protest against police brutality, I cannot in all good conscience agree that the time is ripe for another round of #EndSARS protests,” he said.
“I deem another round of #EndSARS protests to be premature and counter-productive at this time. Apart from the higher likelihood of conflict with the police earlier canvassed, we must also admit that the security situation in the country is very precarious at the moment.
“All patriots must therefore make conscious efforts not to degrade a parlous security situation further. Nationwide protests at this time will only overburden the load-bearing capabilities of our security architecture increasing the likelihood of total collapse. No matter the narrative, I doubt that out-of-control anarchy is an objective of the #EndSARS protests.”