- Venues of planned EndSARS protests in Abuja have been taken over by the Nigerian Army
- Soldiers were spotted at the popular Aya roundabout with a roadblock and barricade
- The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters was also protected by police officers
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The Nigerian Army on Monday, October 19, blocked the scene of planned #EndSARS protests in Abuja.
According to Channels TV, soldiers with a roadblock and barricade were stationed at the popular Aya roundabout early in the morning.
Police officers were also stationed in front of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carrier and water cannons.
It was gathered that protesters had defied the night rain on Sunday, October 18, and camped outside CBN headquarters overnight, protesting police brutality and extra-judicial killings.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian Army said it set to commence a new edition of its Exercise Crocodile Smile across the nation. The exercise is traditionally conducted in the last quarter of the year.
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According to the statement made available on Saturday, October 17, by Sagir Musa, the acting director of Army public relations, the 2020 edition is scheduled to commence from Tuesday, October 20, to Thursday, December 31.
The 2020 edition of the exercise is different from the previous ones as it will feature cyber warfare operations.
However, the Nigerian Army refuted claims that the proposed Exercise Crocodile Smile VI was part of the federal government's plan to forcefully end the ongoing EndSARS protest.
The army responded on Sunday, October 18, by saying that this claim was completely false and that both developments have no relationship whatsoever.
The spokesman of the force, Colonel Sagir Musa, stated that this notion is no doubt the fabrication of misinformed persons.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday, October 16, broke his silence on the nationwide EndSARS protest following numerous cases of police brutality in the country.
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Osinbajo apologised to all Nigerian who are angry over what they regard as slow response of the government to their cries and calls.
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