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Port Harcourt Youths Defy Wike’s Directive Continue #EndSARS Protests

Youths on Tuesday continued their protest against police brutality and extortion in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

This is despite the ban on protests throughout the state by Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, on Monday.

But the protesters lamented that youths cannot continue to be killed without them protesting.

Our correspondent learnt that they converged opposite Pleasure Park Port Harcourt around 08.45am to resume the protest.

While some of the protesters were seen with placards, others chanted “EndSARS”, “We are tired of dying”, and “Protest is our right” among others.

“We are protesting against people that are killing us and you are asking to stay at home, how come? We are harassed and treated like criminals every day,” one of the protesters said.

A policeman at the scene of the protest appealed to the youths to be peaceful.

Meanwhile, EndSARS protesters shutdown the Iwo road in Ibadan on Tuesday morning.

There is now massive gridlock around the area as the protesters hit the road to resume demonstrations against police brutality despite the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday afternoon, announced the disbandment of the police unit after days of online and offline protests.

But the protesters want the authorities to carry out psychological evaluation and re-training of all disbanded SARS officers before they are redeployed.

They want police officers to stand down and let people carry out their constitutional rights during protest.

They also demanded justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.

The protesters also called for increased salaries for police officers and the establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct within few days.

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