#Endinsecuritynow# protest rocks kaduna and Niger State.

There was a new twist to the raging #EndSARS protests on Thursday as some youths launched #EndInsecurityNow protests in Kaduna and Niger states. The youths, who took to the streets in the two states, said the Federal Government should scrap the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and redeploy its operatives to tackle insurgency in the Northeast and banditry in Northwest and Northcentral. Launching #EndInsecurityNow version of the protest in Kaduna, the protesters under the auspices of the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), called for an immediate end to insecurity and killings in the region. They urged the Federal Government to deploy operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to combat kidnapping, armed banditry and terrorism in Northern Nigeria. Leader of the protest and coordinator of the Kaduna chapter of the CNG, Sa’ad Bako said, though they stand against reported harassment of citizens by the operatives of the disbanded SARS, the “North’s problem is not SARS, but insecurity”. He listed security, occasioned by incessant killings by bandits and terrorists, as well as kidnapping for ransom as the North’s major challenges. The protesters who stormed the streets of Kaduna around 9:30am marched from Muhammadu Buhari Way to the House of Assembly through Ali Akilu road. At the Kaduna State House of Assembly Complex, they demanded immediate end to banditry, terrorism and kidnappings in Northern Nigeria. The protesters carried placard and banners with various inscriptions: “The North is Bleeding”, “Stop the killings in the North’s”; “End Boko Haram Now”; “End Banditry Now”; “Empower SWAT to End Insecurity; “All Lives Matter”; and “Stop Rape Now”; among others. They were, however, prevented from gaining access by armed security personnel. But they converged on the Coronation Crescent, the road in front of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, preventing traffic flow. The protestant vowed not to leave the road until the Speaker, Yusuf Zailani, listened to their demands. They said the armed security personnel should go after the kidnappers and bandits, instead of scaring innocent[…]

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#EndInsecurityNow# Northern Coalition Begins Protest In 19 States.

Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), yesterday, said it would commence an indefinite protest today in the 19 northern states over rising insecurity, economic hardship and prolonged closure of universities in the region. The group accused the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and other northern leaders of abandoning the region, as opposed to southern leaders who they claimed were always there for their people and even stood up against the operations of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). CNG spokesman, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, at a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, said the protest would be tagged #Endinsecuritynow, and would be sustained until the Federal Government met their demand for the declaration of a state of emergency on security in the north, among others. “It is contradictory that despite several protests and pleas by northerners, the authorities never deemed it fit to extend the swift spirit deployed against FSARS into securing the North, or addressing the myriad distresses faced by northerners. “The authorities appear bent on sustaining the harsh, unacceptable regime of exploitative hikes in electricity tariffs for which the North shall bear the brunt more than other parts of the country. “The Federal Government appears not keen on resolving the lingering dispute with the Academic Staff Union to enable the recommencement of university education. “The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) has followed developments around the globe and necessary steps taken by Nigerian citizens in some parts of the country including some northern states to call attention to the deteriorating national security and other pressing concerns around the dwindling economy, prohibitive commodity prices, rising inflation amidst mounting poverty and prolonged stay at home by university students. “The CNG notes the appreciative progression of the citizens’ action that climaxed with government’s swift response to one of the concerns raised with the scrapping of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police, and its immediate replacement with Special Weapon And Tactics Team (SWAT). “CNG notes also the reassuring cooperation[…]

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