As several civil society groups in Nigeria organize across the country for a protest against the high-handedness of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), there seems to be a pushback.
In Port Harcourt on Monday morning, a pro-SARS rally contributed to massive traffic in the state capital as the protesters marched on the major Aba road expressway.
Escorted by police men, the motorists chanted pro-APC slogans and criticised the state governor, Nyesom Wike. Wike belongs to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
In Rivers, the SARS controversy has a different dimension. Even before the recent nationwide movement against SARS, the police unit had been locked in a battle with the Rivers government. That battle was a political one, as SARS alleged that the Rivers government wanted to coopt the police into its proposed plot to rig elections in the state, while the government alleged that the SARS was partisanly aligned with the APC.
See Photos of Monday’s protest (H/T: Lelora Ejiro)