Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike Monday said it has prohibited all forms of protest in the state.
Rivers commissioner for information Paulinus Nsirim said the ban include the protest agains police brutality already holding in different parts of Nigeria.
“The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State,” Nsirim said in a statement.
“Therefore, all proposed protests under #EndSars Campaign are hereby prohibited.”
Nsirim said the government took the decision following the dissolution of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the inspector-general of police Mohammed Adamu.
“There is no need for any form of protest against a Unit of the Police Force that no longer exists,” he said.
The ban on protests by the governor runs contrary to the provision of Section 40 of the Nigerian Constitution, which guarantees to freedom of association.
Amnesty International in Nigeria said Wike must “be held accountable for any violation of protesters.”
In 2017, Wike blamed operatives of SARS for “most” of the robberies and kidnappings in the state.
Tacha had earlier twitted, stating how she flew from Lagos to Port Harcourt and now she is disappointed as she and others can’t protests