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#EndSARS: Minister bans protests in Abuja

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal Capital Territory Administration has banned #EndSARS protests in the nation’s capital, Abuja for alleged violation of COVID-19 protocols.

The directive was given at the FCT Security Committee meeting on Tuesday while reviewing security situation in the Capital Territory and to address identified challenges.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, Anthony Ogunleye, FCT Administration expressed concerns over the continued protests, despite the scrapping of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, last Sunday.

“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,” the statement read.

“These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns. For the avoidance of doubt, the COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings recommend physical distancing, temperature checks, the use of facial coverings, amongst others.

“Clearly, all these guidelines were flouted by the protesters. Consequently, the committee directs that due to the dangers posed by COVID-19, all street demonstrations, protests and processions will not be allowed anywhere within the FCT,” the statement added. The Security committee reiterated the commitment of the FCT Administration to ensure that all residents are safe, secure and able to go about their lawful businesses without fear of intimidation or harassment

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