Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike yesterday evening, prohibited protests planned for today, within the state.
In the statement, the Rivers State Government said this development is in keeping with the already approved ban of the notorious Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS).
Wike further warned that Law enforcement agencies have been directed to ensure that the ban is enforced and that violators are brought to book.
However, Nigerians on Twitter have reacted angrily to the news, with many tagging the Governor a “dictator”.
See some reactions below:
@ayosogunro: “Wike has always been a dictator at heart, a borderline psychopath. Said this before and I say it again.
“What kind of maniacal ego will make you see Nigerians protesting #SARSMUSTEND for days and decide that you are the one to ban them? Even Buhari’s craze never reach that idea.”
@TopeAkinyode: “When policemen laid siege on Wike’s hotel at Benin we decried it because he enjoys executive immunity & can’t be arrested.
“Similarly, Wike can’t ban the #SARSMUSTEND protest in Port Harcourt. These are constitutional issues.”
@YemieFASH: “Only a Tyrant will try to stop citizens from exercising their rights, protest is a right. Gov Wike is infringing on the rights of the people of Rivers State. #EndPoliceBrutality #ReformPoliceNG”
@Chindapatrick1: “Gov. Wike disappointed us by banning a peaceful protest in Port Harcourt today against police brutality in Rivers state I urge all the rugged and selina tested Rivers residents to come out and say no to police brutality. #StopPoliceBrutalityinNigeria”
It would be recalled that the protests were triggered by several reports and videos of police brutality, with SARS taking center stage as being particularly harmful to citizens.