Following the heat of the ongoing nationwide protests calling for the end of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS and police brutality, Soldiers have taken over streets and strategic locations in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.
Kemi Filani News reports that, soldiers are now positioned at every strategic point in the FCT as the End SARS protests persist.
Some video clips online also captured some soldiers and mobile policemen harassing protesters.
The Nigerian Army had at the weekend announced that its annual exercise, Operation Crocodile Smile would commence nationwide on October 20, 2020.
However the Army, in a statement titled, ‘Exercise crocodile smile VI has nothing to do with #EndSARS protests whatsoever’ said the operation was not targeted at the protesters.
#EndSARS protesters, the Alliance for Survival of COVID-19 and Beyond, human rights groups and lawyers on Sunday warned the Federal Government against deploying troops to stop Nigerians campaigning for police reforms.
They warned the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), that such an action would backfire.