Soldiers have mounted checkpoints along the Mararaba/Nyanya road linking Nasarawa State to the Nation’s capital, Abuja.
Channels TV reports that the Soldiers, on Monday morning, October 19, 2020, mounted the checkpoints, blocking Aya roundabout, the scene of planned #EndSARS protests.
Some passengers were forced to walk as some commercial vehicles stayed off the roads for fear of being stuck in traffic while the popular aya roundabout was occupied by Officers of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).
Also, Police Officers were stationed in front of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carrier and water cannons.
Protesters had defied Sunday night rain and camped overnight outside CBN Headquarters protesting Police brutality and extra-judicial killings.
The Nigerian Army on Sunday, October 18, 2020, said its ‘Operation Crocodile Smile’ which is kicking off across the Country this week is not targeted at the #EndSARS protests.
A statement issued by the Army Spokesperson Musa Sagir on Saturday, October 17, 2020, noted that the exercise, scheduled to commence from October 20 to December 31, 2020, has no relationship with any lawful protest under any guise whatsoever.
The Army Spokesperson noted that: “For the records, Exercise Crocodile Smile is a yearly exercise in the Nigerian Army calendar/forecast of events which traditionally holds from October to December of each year.”