Wike Makes U-turn, Joins EndSARS Protest In Port Harcourt (Photographs)
Wike addressing protesters
After asserting a banning #EndSARS protests in his state, the Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike has made a u-turn.
The governor got here out yesterday to hitch protesters as he known as for an finish to police brutality.
Recall that he had been lambasted on social media over his announcement banning #EndSARS protests.
Whereas making a u-turn, Wike known as for the police to be reformed.
See press launch beneath:
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says all Nigerians ought to assist the full reform of the Nigeria Police Pressure.
Addressing Finish-SARS protesters at Authorities Home, Port Harcourt, Governor Wike informed them to not be happy that the Particular Anti-Theft Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Pressure can be scrapped.
“If we don’t reform the Police, the identical SARS officers shall be deployed to different models of the Pressure to proceed their evil acts.
“It isn’t solely to finish SARS. Already, there’s a pronouncement to scrap it. However each Nigerian ought to assist the full reform of the Police.
“SARS can’t and has by no means been our buddy in Rivers state. They killed a lecturer at Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic with out a trigger and folks saved quiet.
“President Muhammadu Buhari mentioned he’ll reform the Police. Allow us to be prepared to carry him by his phrases,” he mentioned.
The Governor said that he took an oath of workplace to guard the lives and property of Rivers folks.
In accordance with him, this made him to sentence the brutality and kidnapping actions of SARS officers towards Rivers folks.
He identified that as a substitute of a nationwide assist towards such evil, leaders in some quarters diminished it to politics.
“What we discover on this nation is that individuals play to the gallery. They hate individuals who communicate the reality.
“Once we raised the alarm over the killings of Rivers folks by SARS operatives, no person listened to us as they mentioned I used to be enjoying politics with it.
“No Governor noticed the necessity to communicate out towards that evil. That was as a result of it was not occurring of their States. Now the evil of SARS has touched them, they need all people to hitch.
“Rivers State doesn’t play second fiddle. The lifetime of Rivers folks matter to me and I’ll proceed to guard them.
“What you might be protesting towards, I had campaigned towards it way back. If solely they listened, we won’t be protesting at present”, he said.
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October 12, 2020.