End SARS: Muslim Protesters Hold Jummat Prayers On The Road
End SARS Muslims protesters in Abuja has continued their protests across the city, demanding justice for all victims of police brutality and killings.
As Nationwide protests continue to rock Nigeria for eight consecutive days, the Nigerian Youths keep deriving more innovative ways to demand justice for all victims of police brutality and killings.
While they continue to press for their demands to be met, the protest took another twist as the Muslim youths observed their Jummat prayers on the road, in Abuja, according to The Channels.
This comes 24 hours after the Federal Capital Territory Security Committee directed that all street demonstrations, protests, and processions will not be allowed anywhere within its environs henceforth.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, on Thursday, the development became necessary due to the dangers posed by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Muslim protesters in Lagos also did the same as they held their Jummat prayers at the protest ground near the House of Assembly Drive, Alausa.
The Jummat is a prayer that Muslims hold every Friday, Jumu’ah means Friday in the Arabic language.
Days after the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, set up a new unit called the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Unit (SARS), the protests only seem to be gaining more momentum as many Nigerians suspect the new unit may amount to a mere change of name.
As the protest continued on Friday with many rejecting the SWAT unit, the police have said no member of SARS will be in the unit and referred to the unit as Tactical Unit rather than SWAT.
Beyond setting up a new unit, prospective members of the new team are expected to undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.
The IGP has also ordered all personnel of the disbanded SARS to report to the Force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.