Charles Nwoke, Delta, Nigeria
December 21, 2020
Crisis rocks Ughelli over the planned #EndSARS protest the second phase scheduled to commence in the Ughelli area of Delta State on Monday due to the re-arrest of the videographer who shot the viral video alleging the murder of one person by the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
According to a security source at the Delta State Police Area Command, Ughelli, men of the command had been placed on high alert to repel any planned gathering within and around Ughelli metropolis under the guise of #EndSARS protest.
Nicholas Makolomi was apprehended and arraigned in court by the police operatives after the video went viral in October despite trying to deny the video as being false.
Makolomi’s arrest and subsequent re-arrest had sparked off outrage with many persons particularly rights activists demanding his immediate release while threatening the second phase of the #EndSARS protest stating that, “The government cannot be negotiating with us on one hand and carrying out a vendetta on the other hand.”
Comrade Joe Israel, the Delta State Coordinator of the #EndSARS protest stated that the Monday protest was canceled due to the high spate of insecurity in the state, particularly in Ughelli and its surrounding communities.
The protest coordinator equally debunked the rumor that money was being sourced from individuals to sponsor the protest saying, “We have never printed T-Shirts for any protest neither have we ever rubbished the peace move by the government.”
The youth president of the Urhobo Progress Union, UPU, Kelly Efemena accused sponsors of the planned protest of trying to defraud the general public, and therefore, exculpated Urhobo youths from the planned outing and vowed that they will not be part of the protest.
Mr. Efemena also called on the police to arrest and treat like a common criminal anyone protesting under the guise of the re-arrest of Nicholas Makolomi saying, “We have not directed any person or group to organize a protest on our behalf as we are currently negotiating with the police authority in Abuja while we await advise from their legal department.”