- The Armed Forces of Nigeria have assured #EndSARS protesters of their safety
- The military high command, however, warned against violent protests
- A statement from the military authorities assured that the military is committed to the safety and stability of the country
The Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) have expressed dismay over some violence-related protests across the country.
The AFN frowned at the increasing number of attacks on peaceful protesters by thugs and miscreants, warning that the unfolding event against peace-loving Nigerians will not be condoned.
A statement to journalists from the coordinator, Defence Media Operations in the Defence Headquarters, Major-General John Enenche, warned that no one should attack peaceful protesters.
Part of the statement read:
“Thugs and miscreants are hereby warned to desist from engaging in violent activities against peaceful Nigerians henceforth or face appropriate measures.
“The Military High Command duly encourages peaceful citizens to go about their normal activities without fear of intimidation or harassment as the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies are on ground for their safety.
“In clear terms, any attempt to undermine the democracy of our beloved nation under any cover will not be allowed. For emphasis, the Armed Forces of Nigeria remains subordinated to the civil authorities of the country with unflinching loyalty to the President Commander in Chief.”
Meanwhile, as the protests continue to escalate in some parts of the country, the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Wednesday, October 14 in Abuja met with Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the issue and the way forward.
The governors have also resolved to meet with identified leaders of the #EndSARS protesters to persuade them to end the street rallies.
IGP Adamu had on Tuesday, October 13 announced government’s decision to implement the demands of the protesters, but the protests have continued.
In Abuja, the Nigerian capital, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has banned street protests and any form of public demonstration in the nation’s capital.
The decision was taken after a security meeting chaired by the minister of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello.
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