Fresh #EndSARS protest: Campaigners adamant, Buhari talks tough, deploys soldiers, cops

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Nnamdi Omoni, who warned the organisers of the protest, added that operatives of the command had put everything in place contain any fresh protest.

He said, “We are favourably disposed that protest and we have put everything in place contain them (protesters) and that extent, it should be shelved; this is the for such an activity.

“We have yet recover from the damage of the last protest; so, we are comfortable with that strike and therefore the organisers should have a second thought about it and reverse it.”

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In , scores of soldiers moved round major areas of the Monday in a show of over the fresh # protest scare in the .

Soldiers were seen parading major streets of Awka, Onitsha and Nnewi around 10am.

Efforts by one of correspondents to speak with the soldiers were rebuffed.

One of them said, “This is press work. We are here for a serious duty. We are authorised to talk to the press, please.”

Meanwhile, some youths in the , in a Monday, warned against a repeat of the # protests in the and vowed to resist such an attempt.

Their read in part, “ attention has been drawn to the intelligence/rumour that a second phase of # protest shall commence Monday, December 7, 2020, with so many threats of attack and .

“On this note, we call on all Anambra youths, home and abroad, to rise up and protect dear state from these hoodlums.

“We hereby caution and warn all non-indigenes, who reside and/or visit Anambra State, to desist from any action and inaction that shall sabotage the peace, security and serenity that we enjoy in Anambra State.”

Any hooligan hiding behind peaceful protests’ll be dealt with – Buhari

, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, said his regime would deal decisively with “any act of hooliganism hiding behind peaceful protests.”

He said although his regime believed in the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests, such must be done responsibly.

Buhari stated these while virtually declaring open the Chief of Staff’s Annual Conference 2020 from the Presidential Villa, .

At a there were reports of possible repeat of the recent #EndSARS protests, Buhari regretted the that trailed the last protests.

He said, “Let me also mention the #EndSARS protest, which recently hijacked by hoodlums, which resulted in the loss of lives and property in many situations across the country. I to reiterate our ’s commitment to the rights of citizens to embark on peaceful protests.

“However, this must be done responsibly in accordance with the laws of the land.

“I also to state that any act of hooliganism hiding behind the peaceful protests will be highly dealt with decisively to ensure the peace and stability of our nation.

“On this note, I commend the Nigerian for their efforts to swiftly restore and order in many states during the large scale criminality that ensued in the wake of the #EndSARS protests.”