Security operatives on Wednesday foiled a planned #End SARS anniversary protest by a group of civil organisations under Action Group On Free Civic Space (AGOFCS) in Aba, the commercial nerve of Abia State.
An umbrella body of civil societies through a flyers that circulated in e state on Tuesday night had it that they were going to hold the anniversary protest at the popular Brass junction connecting Faulks road through Aba-Owerri Expressway starting from 8am Wednesday.
The presence of soldiers from 144 Battalion, Ukwa West Local Government Area of the state who arrived at the venue of the protest as early as 5am prevented the protesters from converging at the Brass junction as earlier proposed.
A combined team of the personnel Nigeria Police Force in over five patrol vehicles on Show of Force operation were spotted at different locations in Aba.
Sources at Umuahia, the state capital said security agencies were equally seen at different locations to ensure that there was no breach of peace in the town.
Police sources from the state command headquarters told our correspondent that until 12 midnight on Tuesday, they were yet to receive any formal notice of protest by any group.
The sources said that the police on getting intelligence about the planned protest by a group, in its proactive steps, send out its personnel in inform and plain clothes to some flash spots while it’s patrol team move round the city in case of any emergency call from the divisions in Aba and the state at large.
A military source said that they have been at the Brass junction since 5am, stating that their presence there was to ensure that the residents and visitors of Aba.
It was gathered that the group of civil society later held press conference at a location around Margret Avenue in Aba North LGA where they demand that the federal government should release all the illegally detained END SARS protesters and suspension of the ban on Twitter by the federal government.
They want federal government to commit to opening up space for citizens to participate in governance and engage in constructive dialogue.