#EndSARS protesters defy ban in Abuja

End SARS protest

#ENDSARS campaigners on Friday disregarded the ban on public demonstrations in Abuja to protest against police brutality.

The Federal Capital Territory Security Committee had on Thursday issued a ban on protest, citing violation of COVID-19 protocols.

The committee’s move followed violence which occurred during the #EndSARS protest at Berger roundabout on October 14.

“While the committee recognizes the rights of citizens as regards freedom of association and movement as enshrined in the constitution, it has observed that the unruly conduct of the crowd and manner of demonstrations are in complete violation of the COVID-19 safety protocols which were put in place to safeguard the lives of citizens.

“These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns,” a statement by the authorities read.

But protesters took their campaign to Abuja Airport Road and blocked the area, demanding for an end to police brutality and extra-judicial killings by the police.