COVID-19: FCT Bans Street Protests In Line With The COVID-19 Protocols

October 16, 2020

COVID-19: FCT Bans Street Protests

In line with the COVID-19 protocols, the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee has directed that all street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within its environs henceforth.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday explained that the decision became necessary due to the dangers posed by the outbreak of the pandemic.

Mr. Ogunleye noted that the committee is satisfied with the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad {ARS} as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian Police.

He added that despite the pronouncement by the IGP scrapping the unit, the #EndSARS protests continued in parts of the FCT, causing inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.

“The security committee has 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”.

Read Full Statement Below:

The FCT Security Committee met for its routine meeting on Tuesday October 13, 2020, to review the security situation in the Federal Capital Territory with a view to addressing identified challenges.

2. The meeting which was chaired by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as Area Council Chairmen.

After extensive deliberations, the Committee came up with the following resolutions:

i. The Committee noted with satisfaction the directive by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Inspector-General of Police to disband the Special Anti-Robbery Squad {SARS} as well as other reforms aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the Nigerian police.

ii. It also noted that in response to the directive of the President and the yearnings of the Nigerian people, the Inspector General of Police has dissolved the SARS across the 36 State Police Commands and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) where they hitherto existed.

iii. However, the Committee noted with concern that despite the pronouncement by the Inspector General of Police scrapping the FSARS, the #ENDSARS protests continued in parts of the Territory. The protesters caused inconveniences to law-abiding citizens.

iv. 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.

v. These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.

vi. For the avoidance of doubt, the COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings recommend physical distancing, temperature checks, the use of facial coverings, amongst others.

vii. Clearly all these guidelines were flouted by the protesters.

viii. 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.

ix. The Committee also noted the progress being made in the fight against robberies in illegal and unregistered, commercial motor vehicles known as “one chance” and is committed to the introduction of innovative measures that will ensure the safety of commuters.

x. It however advises commuters to continue to exercise caution and remain vigilant while boarding commercial vehicles.

xi. With the advent of the “Ember” months, the Committee reiterates its commitment to ensuring the safety of road users across the FCT in accordance with existing guidelines by relevant agencies.

xii. It however seeks the cooperation of residents to obey all extant traffic rules and regulations while travelling during this period.

xiii. The Committee also noted with satisfaction the successful re-opening of schools after the forced closure due to COVID-19. It however calls on parents, students and school authorities to continue to comply with the extant COVID-19 safety protocols.

xiv. 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.

ANTHONY OGUNLEYE

CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY

FCTA/OCPS/PR/174

15/10/2020

Oct 16, 2020 at 05:21 AM
There are just looking for a way to stop us from stopping the injustice happening to us in Nigeria weather there like it or not we must Protests #endsars
Oct 16, 2020 at 07:41 AM
make the FG allow the youth to tell them they're mind
Oct 16, 2020 at 10:20 AM
We youth have a say pls
Oct 16, 2020 at 06:35 PM
Una dey say something else.. This protest is for our right...you must allow us o
Oct 17, 2020 at 11:53 AM
Will they come off it, are they also following the guidelines
Oct 21, 2020 at 12:13 PM
Nigeria is bleeding
Nov 03, 2020 at 09:06 PM
Ok o
Jan 03, 2021 at 07:50 AM
Hmmmm
Jan 05, 2021 at 03:52 PM
hnmm