- Governor Nyesom Wike has made a U-turn on his rejection of EndSARS protest in Rivers
- The governor, contrary to his initial ban on the protest, on Tuesday, October 13, called on the federal government to completely reform the police force
- Wike also claimed that he is the first governor to challenge SARS and join the protest against the unit
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Quite contrary to his former position on the EndSARS protest, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has joined millions of Nigerians in the call for a total reform of the police force.
In fact, Wike boasted on Tuesday, October 13, that he is the first Nigerian governor who has protested against the activities of officers of the defunct unit, Punch reports.
This decision by the governor came after he ordered protesters to end the march after which they converged in front of Government House in Port Harcourt.
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The governor said he joined the protest because of his vow to protect the lives of residents and indigenes of Rivers, adding that calls by the state government have been made for the disbandment of SARS all to no avail until havoc spread to other regions of the country.
“Rivers State has suffered in the hands of SARS. When we raised the alarm of SARS activities, they did not give attention but it has now happened in other places.
“No governor in this country can say they have challenged SARS the way we have done. When there was so much kidnapping in this state, I raised an alarm to the federal government.
“I am the only governor that has come out to start end SARS protest. No other state. We have lost so many people in this state to SARS. No state supported us. SARS has killed our people a lot.”
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu had summoned officers of the defunct unit to report themselves to the force headquarters, Abuja for mental and medical examination.
This exercise to be undergone by the personnel was expected to be a prelude further training and reorientation before they would be redeployed into mainstream policing duties.
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