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EndSARS: Massive Protests Halt Activities In PH

The ongoing protests continued on Tuesday in Port-Harcourt with large number of youths turning up for the protests.

At the Rivers State Judiciary Complex, there were large numbers of youths carrying placards with different inscriptions.

Some of the placards read: “End Bad Govt,” “We are the leaders of today”, #EndSARS”, “Police is extorting youths” and “Restructure Nigeria.”

Some of the protesting youths who spoke in interview said that they were protesting against police brutality in the country and demanded change.

One of the protesters, Prince Mathias, said: “The youths are protesting for their rights as citizens of this country. The SARS has been killing innocent youths for no just cause. If the SARS sees you driving a Mercedes Benz they will conclude that you are an internet fraudster.

“That is how they have been killing boys. When they see you with your phone they will ask you for an access into your phone and if you don’t want to ‘settle’ them with N500, 000 or above, they will collect your phone. They will kill you and nothing will happen.”

Another protester, Joseph, said that they were protesting because it was their right to protest, saying that the youths were not happy with the situation in the country.

The protester said: “We are calling for the total eradication of SARS. They should just scrap it. We don’t want it because they are molesting our youths.”

He said that security operatives took advantage of weapons they carry to do “whatever they like” saying it was no crime to drive an expensive car or own an expensive phone.

A female protester, Ukenna, said that the youths were protesting over the lives of youths  killed as a result of police brutality.

The protests had paralyzed business activities in Spar Supermarket as security men were also seen stationed at premises of the front gate of the Government House in Port-Harcourt.

In recent weeks protests led by the youths have taken place in cities across the country including Lagos, Port-Harcourt and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

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