The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has announced that all forms of protest have been banned in the state, therefore the proposed #EndSARS protest in Port Harcourt for Tuesday 13th October 2020 cannot hold.
The Governor disclosed this in a social media statement on Monday evening after the Lagos protests turned violent, as police allegedly attacked protesters in Surulere.
The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State.
— Gov N E Wike Information. (@GovWike) October 12, 2020
He added that the Rivers Government made the decision because the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had already announced that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) had been scrapped, therefore was no need for anti-police brutality protests in Rivers.
“Parents and Guardians are therefore advised 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,” Wike said.
Nigerians on Twitter say the Governor’s decision is not constitutional as it violates Section 40 of the 1999 constitution which grants Nigerians the right to protest.
This is the most stupidly tone-deaf tweet from any official in #Nigeria this year.
Section 40 of #CFRN1999, the grundnorm under which this supposed lawyer has his position is clear on the right to free assembly & peaceful protest.#EndSARS #SARSMustEnd is legitimate assembly. https://t.co/FvEzvHOWY0
— Chxta (@Chxta) October 12, 2020