Hundreds of youths Tuesday morning defied governor Nyesome Wike of Rivers State and flooded the streets of Port Harcourt to join the ongoing nationwide protest against the now-disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS.
The Governor had, on Monday night, issued a warning to protesters not to stage any protest in Rivers following the disbandment of SARS by the Inspector General of Police.
His Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, had described the protest as useless, noting that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had disbanded the unit of the Police force.
His word: “The Rivers State Government hereby [wishes] 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.
“Government took this decision because the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had already scrapped the Special Anti-Robbery Squad. Therefore, there is no need for any form of protest against a Unit of the Police Force that no longer exists.
“Parents and Guardians are therefore advised to ensure that their children or wards do not violate this order.
However, protesters were seen carrying placards and chanting “Wike we de come oh, Wike we de come oh, we no go gree, we no gree stay for your house oh”