By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Worried by the ongoing #Endsarsprotest in parts of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), the FCT Administration has banned all forms of street protests, processions and demonstrations in all parts of the territory.
FCT minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, who announced the ban at the end of security committee meeting in Abuja yesterday, frowned that despite the pronouncement by the Inspector General of Police scrapping the FSARS, the #ENDSARS protests have continued in parts of the territory.
Bello noted that the protesters had caused inconveniences to law-abiding citizens, adding that the protests endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.
He pointed out that while the administration 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.
A statement signed by the chief press secretary to the minister, Anthony Ogunleye and made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, also noted that the progress being made in the fight against robberies using illegal and unregistered, commercial motor vehicles known as “one chance”, adding that the administration was committed to the introduction of innovative measures that would ensure the safety of commuters.
The statement also 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.
It however noted with satisfaction the successful re-opening of schools after the forced closure due to COVID-19 pandemic, even as it called on parents, students and school authorities to continue to comply with the extant COVID-19 safety protocols.