Nigeria Records 133 New Coronavirus Cases, Raising Total Cases To 61,440
Nigerian army forces take control of the #EndSARS protest headquarters in Abuja.
Soldiers took control of the facilities this morning and were spotted early Monday morning at the popular Aya roundabout with roadblock and barricade.
In addition, police officers with aircraft carriers and water cannons are stationed in front of the headquarters of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Protesters braved the rain on Sunday evening and stopped overnight in front of CBN headquarters to protest police brutality and extrajudicial killings.
On Sunday, the Nigerian military said its Operation Crocodile Smile, which begins nationwide this week, is not targeting the #EndSARS protests.
Army spokesman Musa Sagir said in a statement Saturday that the exercise, which is due to start from October 20 to December 31, 2020, has nothing to do with any legitimate protests in any form.
“For your reference, the Crocodile Smile Exercise is an annual exercise in the calendar / forecasting of the Nigerian army and is traditionally held from October to December each year,” the statement reads.
See photographs of the scenes of the planned Abuja #EndSARS protest, blocked by security personnel: