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Ban #EndSARS protests in Nigeria, Ex-Presidential aspirant tell court

A former Presidential aspirant, Adamu Garba, has asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare the #EndSARS protests rocking the country illegal.

The motion on notice was brought pursuant to order II Rules 1, 2, 3 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules, 2009 and Sections 34(1), 35(1) and 41(1) and 43 of the 1999 Constitution.

Others joined in the suit include the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, the National Security Adviser, the Inspector General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigeria Communications Commission.

Garba, who is a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, is seeking a perpetual injunction restraining Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, and #EndSARS protesters “whether by themselves or by their officers, agents, servants, privies and or otherwise, however, called from further sponsoring and standing the #EndSARS protest or any protest in any other manner howsoever described that infringes the fundamental rights of the applicant (Garba) as guaranteed under Section 34(1), 35(1), and 41(1) of the 1999 Constitution and Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap.A9, 2004.

The #EndSARS protests rocking the country have continued for almost two weeks with youths calling for a lasting reform of the Nigeria Police Force.

All entreaties by politicians and business leaders for the youths to leave the streets failed as they block major highways, thereby, causing gridlock and affecting economic activities.

Suspected hoodlums had also hijacked the #EndSARS campaign in some cities, wreaked havoc on citizens and vandalised public assets in Lagos, Benin, Abuja, amongst other major cities.

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