The Nigerian Army, in collaboration with the Defence Headquarters in Abuja, has ordered all operational and brigade commanders, heads of divisions, and other critical units to remain on high alert in order to prevent civilian protests in major cities across the country on June 12th.
The army has deployed extra soldiers to the 81 division in Enugu State and the 2 division in Ibadan, Oyo State, according to a memo seen by SaharaReporters, to ensure that the protests are put down.
To avoid large movements that could ” undermine national security, ” the military has given orders to its commanders to implement barricades and stop- and- search in major cities on June 12th.
According to top sources, the Office of the National Security Adviser is coordinating with key telecommunications companies to examine how the internet space might be slowed down on June 12 to stifle communication.
” Soldiers have been placed on high alert against agitators in the Biafra and Oduduwa republics. According to a source, the government is concerned about a repetition of #EndSARS and has urged the military to stifle large rallies and protests by seizing important roadways and executing random stop- and- search operations.
” They are working on other security reports, but the bottom line is that the government is trying hard to tighten the noose around social media and other forms of communication, especially on June 12. ”
Last week, SaharaReporters revealed that the nationwide June 12 Democracy Day protest was gaining traction, with Nigerians in over 30 locations around the world showing solidarity to express their unhappiness with the country’ s condition of insecurity.
On June 12, Nigeria’ s Democracy Day, civil society organizations and human rights campaigners called for a nationwide demonstration against President Muhammadu Buhari’ s administration.
Omoyele Sowore, a human rights activist, stated on Twitter last Thursday that residents in 31 cities had verified their preparation for the major protest.
” These cities have been confirmed as being ready for the #June12Protest. He had tweeted, ” Ado- Ekiti is now confirmed. “