#EndSARS protesters hold Jumu’ah prayers on the road

Young men protesting against the police Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS, in Abuja on Friday continued their protests across the city, demanding justice for all victims of police brutality and killings.

While they continue to press for their demands to be met, the protest took another twist as the Muslim youths observed their Jumu’ah prayers on the road.

This comes 24 hours after the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee directed that all street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within its environs henceforth.

The Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, Anthony Ogunleye said the development became necessary due to the dangers posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It also comes days after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS).

But despite the developments, the protests have continued as many Nigerians suspect the new unit may amount to a mere change of name.

As the protest continued on Friday with many rejecting the SWAT unit, the police have said no member of SARS will be in the unit and referred to the unit as Tactical Unit rather than SWAT.

 

 

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