Tacha Akide, an ex-housemate of the BBNaija reality show, has canceled a protest she was to lead against operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Over the past few days, indigenous celebrities and musicians including Davido, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage, Runtown, Falz, Rudeboy, and many others had joined their fans on the streets to protest attacks by the police unit.
The movement later gained global attention as multiple accounts and video evidence alleging brutality surfaced.
Joining her peers who have lent their voices to the protest, Tacha had scheduled a march for 9 am on Tuesday.
However, Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers, later prohibited campaigns against the police unit in the state.
Taking to her Twitter on Tuesday, Tacha initially condemned Wike’s ban on protests, vowing to continue with the demonstration. She, however, later put out another tweet saying the scheduled march had been canceled.
Gov. Wike, we flew into this state today to FIGHT FOR A BETTER NIGERIA! TO WALK THE WALK! TO FIGHT FOR A BETTER TODAY AND TOMORROW!! Why should we be DEPRIVED OUR RIGHT!! whyAdvertisement
— TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@Symply_Tacha) October 12, 2020
— TACHA🔱🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@Symply_Tacha) October 13, 2020Advertisement
Despite Tacha’s withdrawal, other protesters defied Wike’s ban to continue their protest against the police attacks.
Adamu Mohammed, the inspector-general of police, had previously announced the disbandment of SARS as the protest started to gain the attention of the international community and rights activists.
Yet, the movement had shifted focus from SARS to the much broader fight against police brutality in the country.
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