Some shop owners, customers along Leventis Aba Road and Sagana Street in Mile 1 suffered heavy loss as hoodlums attacked and carted away cartoons of indomie, provisions,
Some of the hoodlums were seen heading to Elechi waterfront in Mile 1 Diobu with their loots.
This is a period when every business man should be cautious. It’s either you lock up or put a standby security. an human right advocate price Wiro advised.
Different Groups of protesters sprang up in port Harcourt But with one message to EndSARs, endpolice brutality and extrajudicial killings.
A SEMI Political group group known as Rivers Youths in Rivers State while joining in the nationwide #EndSars protest kicked off from Polo club GRA to Police headquarters Moscow road chanting SARs must go with various inscriptions on their placards such as, the real and lasting victories are those of peace and not of violence, we say no to SARs , we stand with president Buhari ,we say yes to victims support funds
Spokesman for the group Fred Tariah while submitting a letter to the State commissioner of police, appealed to Nigerian youths to leave the street as the government is working to meet with their demands. He said the youths joined in the peaceful rally to add their voice to the agitation for a better Nigeria. total reform of the police force.
Addressing the protesters, commissioner of police CP Joseph Mukan assured the people that their letter will get to the president through the Inspector General of police and appreciated them for their peaceful conduct.
The EndSARs protest led by the chairman , Rivers State Civil society Organization Enefaa Georgewill Who are part of the original group that has been advocating for a week with various programms, on EndSARs protest came out in their numbers and embarked on a peaceful protest rally calling to an end to SARS and police brutality.
Their own protest took off from Port Harcourt pleasure park on Aba road to government house calling for an end to police brutality, justice for sleek, justice for Chima Ikwunado, Police reforms and an end to bad governance.
The Protesters also did a brief stop over at the state High court in port Harcourt calling for quick dispensation of justice on Chima Ikunado’s case but were not attended to by the Chief Judge of the state, justice Adama Iyayi-Lamikanra and finally to the police headquarters . where the commissioner of police addressed the protesters.
In his response the commissioner of police CP Joseph Mukan noted that SARs has been disbanded and that the new unit SWAT created will be professional in their dealing.
However the police in a press Release said
The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan psc at separate times addressed two Youth bodies from the State numbering over 15,000 that protested to the Headquarters.
The Demands presented to CP include:-
The immediate disbandment of SARS.
Justice for all deceased victims of Police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families.
Setting up of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of Police misconduct.
Psychological evaluation and re-training (to be confirmed by an independent body) of all disbanded SARS Officers before they can be redeployed.
Increase Police salary so that they are adequately compensated for protecting the lives and property of citizens.
2. Making the presentation on behalf of the concerned Youths of Rivers State, the spokesperson among other things, noted that some enemies of their tomorrow had sponsored some bandits and thugs to attack them which had led to loss of lives and property for which they were accusing SARS. He accordingly appealed to the Youths to leave the Streets and allow the Governments at various levels to address their genuine concerns, while appealing to the Governments to set up processes and take practical steps to address their demands.
3. Responding, the CP thanked and commended them for their peaceful disposition, noting that Protest was their fundamental Rights, especially when organized in a civilized and decent manner. He assured them of Police protection at all times and warned against allowing unscrupulous persons to infiltrate their ranks and cause mayhem.
The CP lastly promised to deliver their respective demands to the appropriate quarters for necessary action.
The two separate Protests were all the same peaceful and the Youths have all gone home peaceably, as the security situation is under close watch.
SP NNAMDI OMONI
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
RIVERS STATE COMMAND