Former Big Brother Naija (BBNaija) housemate, Tacha Akide has criticised Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike for banning protests against the activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
In a statement released by the Governor's Commissioner for Information, Paulinus Nsirim, parents were advised to ensure their children didn't go out to protest in Rivers State, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, as security agencies have been ordered to clampdown on protesters.
"The Rivers State Government hereby wish to inform the general public that all forms of protests have been banned throughout the State. Therefore, all proposed protests under #EndSars Campaign are hereby prohibited."
Berating the governor in a series of tweets, Tacha accused him of depriving the citizens of their rights to peacefully protest against SARS.
“With all due respect to your Excellency, you are a lawyer and I believe you know better, this is a democratic system and Rivers State belongs to all the daughters and sons of the state.
“It is our right to peaceful protest against police brutality.
“Gov. Wike, we flew into this state today to fight for a better Nigeria, to walk the walk, to fight for a better today and tomorrow!! Why should we be deprived of our right!! Why?
Gov. Wike, we flew into this state today to FIGHT FOR A BETTER NIGERIA! TO WALK THE WALK! TO FIGHT FOR A BETTER TODAY AND TOMORROW!! Why should we be DEPRIVED OUR RIGHT!! why— TACHA????? (@Symply_Tacha) October 12, 2020
“Gov. Wike sons and daughters of Rivers State stood through the night to defend our votes for you! only for you to deprive us of our right to peacefully protest.”
Gov. Wike Sons and Daughters of RIVERS STATE STOOD THROUGH THE NIGHT TO DEFEND OUR VOTES FOR YOU! only for you to DEPRIVE US OF OUR RIGHT TO PEACEFULLY PROTEST?? #PhProtest #SarsMustGo #SARSMUSTENDNOW— TACHA????? (@Symply_Tacha) October 12, 2020
After several allegations which include extortion and killings, many Nigerians are demanding a total ban of their operation, after previous efforts by the government to reform and reorganize the unit.
Nationwide protests across major cities in Nigeria were a culmination of weeks of anger and outcry online by the country's young people over claims of harassment and extortion by SARS.
Even though the Inspector-General of Police Mohammad Adamu during a press briefing on Sunday, October 11, announced the immediate disbandment of the anti-robbery squad, protests have still rocked major cities.
Adamu revealed that men serving in the Unit will be redeployed to other police commands and units.