Minister of FCT Bans Protests, Says Protesters Are Flouting COVID-19 Protocols
The FCT Minister, has banned All street demonstrations in the Federal Capital Territory have been banned by the minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Muhammad Musa Bello
The minister accused the #EndSARS protesters of violating COVID-19 safety guidelines put in place to safeguard the lives of all citizens.
The minister made this known during the FCT Security Committee meeting which held on Tuesday October 13, 2020.
He said, “These violations endanger the lives of not just the demonstrators, but also other citizens going about their legitimate concerns.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the COVID-19 guidelines regulating public gatherings recommend physical distancing, temperature checks, the use of facial coverings, amongst others. Clearly all these guidelines were flouted by the protesters.”
According to a statement by Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT minister, the committee therefore directed that due to the dangers posed by COVID-19, all street demonstrations, protests and processions would not be allowed anywhere within the FCT.
The meeting which was chaired by the FCT minister also had in attendance, the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, heads of the various security agencies and military formations in the FCT, senior members of staff of the FCTA, representatives of religious and traditional institutions as well as area council chairmen.
However, many of the protesters have expressed outrage at the FCT minister’s decision citing the examples of political rallies that were not banned during the Edo and Ondo gubernatorial elections.
A human rights lawyer, Mr Abdul Mahmud responded to the ban saying, “The presidential regulation 2020, made by Buhari under Section 4 of the Quarantine Act 2004 on 30 March, which declared Abuja a local infected area expired in June when the lockdown was lifted. Until a new Regulation is made by Buhari, this prohibition is illegal”.