Friday, July 30, 2021

LIVE: After #EndSARS victory, Nigerians, friends move on to #SARSMUSTEND

Citizens are demanding justice for victims of decades of police brutality, amongst other critical issues bordering on policing.

#EndSARS protest used to illustrate the story
#EndSARS protest used to illustrate the story

Following the victory recorded with #EndSARS yesterday, Nigerians have moved on to the next stage of global campaign with #SARSMUSTEND. 

It promises to be yet another long week as citizens demand justice for victims of decades of police brutality, amongst other critical issues bordering on policing.

Protests are building up in Abuja, Ilorin and Jos. More locations loading. 
In Lagos, Victoria Island-Lekki-Epe Expressway has been blocked since 6:00 a.m. 

Traffic between Island and Mainland further grounded after thousands streamed to the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge. 

Our reporters have taken their camera back to continue following the unfolding protests in Lagos, Jos and Abuja and Ilorin. 

Open here for our live updates on the #EndSARS campaign that was concluded yesterday. 

Stay on this page for our continuing coverage of #SARSMUSTEND.

  • BREAKING: Nigeria raises judicial panel to investigate police brutality after #EndSARS.

    Government also plans to launch special trust fund to compensate all victims of police brutality.

    Human rights panels to be instituted across the country.

  • Section 42 of the Constitution prohibits discrimination against citizens.

    Our analyst @InibeheEffiong emphasises: “Protesters should completely disregard FCT Minister Mohammed Bello’s order because it was not issued pursuant to the Nigerian Constitution or the Quarantine Act.”

  • Our resident legal analyst @InibeheEffiong weighs in on controversial #EndSARS ban in Abuja:

    “Only the president can invoke the Quarantine Act under Section 4.

    “While FCT is under president’s control, its minister cannot stand as a surrogate to invoke Quarantine Act,” he said.

  • FCT Minister Bello specifically targeted #EndSARS protesters in today’s ban, which is discriminatory and, therefore, unconstitutional.

    Markets, schools and other heavy gatherings are operating across the Nigerian capital after President Buhari lifted restrictions on movement.

  • Two things to immediately note on the #EndSARS ban from the FCT Minister Mohammed Bello:

    • The president has formally relaxed the coronavirus restrictions.

    • The FCT Minister has no powers to invoke the Quarantine Act. Only the president or a state governor has such powers.

  • Abuja minister has just invoked the Quarantine Act, a colonial-era statute first adopted in 1926 and later packed into Section 315 of the Constitution.

    The government appears to be exploiting an ambiguity tucked in Section 40 and 45 of the Constitution.

  • BREAKING: Abuja administration invokes pandemic act, bans #EndSARS protests in Nigerian capital.

    “Due to the dangers posed by COVID-19, all street demonstrations, protests and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT,” Mr. Bello said.

  • FCTA PRESS RELEASE

    COVID-19: FCT SECURITY COMMITTEE PROHIBITS STREET DEMONSTRATIONS

    1. The FCT Security Committee met for its routine meeting on Tuesday October 13, 2020, to review the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory with a view to addressing identified challenges.

    2. The meeting which was chaired by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as Area Council Chairmen.

    After extensive deliberations, the Committee came up with the following resolutions:

    i. The Committee noted with satisfaction the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Inspector-General of Police to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad {SARS} as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian police.

    ii. It also noted that in response to the directive of the President and the yearnings of the Nigerian people, the Inspector General of Police has dissolved the SARS across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

    iii. However, the Committee noted with concern that despite the pronouncement by the Inspector General of Police scrapping the FSARS, the #ENDSARS protests continued in parts of the Territory. The protesters caused inconveniences to law abiding citizens.

  • #EndSARS: Google backs Nigerians’ campaign against police brutality.

    “We strongly oppose oppression, brutality & intimidation,” the Internet giant said. “We believe a fair and impartial police force is a critical element of a stable society.“

  • Despite claiming to be in support of #EndSARS agitation, the Lagos state government has unleashed a contingent of armed thugs on peaceful protesters in the state.

    The thugs arrived at the Alausa venue of the protest in state-owned BRT buses.

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