Service chiefs must go, Northern elders tell Buhari

Service chiefs must go, Northern elders tell Buhari

- An influential group in the north, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has called for the sack of service chiefs

- The group made the demand amid the nationwide protests against the brutality of SARS and other police operatives

- According to the group, the nation's security structure has to be reformed and the reform should start by relieving the service chiefs of their duty

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Amid the ongoing #EndSARS protests nationwide, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has demanded a complete overhaul of Nigeria’s policing and security agencies.

Daily Trust reported that the forum said the overhaul must start with the removal of service chiefs.

The group added that the federal government must listen to responsible opinions regarding initiatives that would address the nation's policing and security architecture.

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Service chiefs must go, Northern elders tell Buhari

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This is contained in a statement released by the forum's publicity director, Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, on Monday, October 12.

The NEF said the spirit deployed against Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) should be visited on policing and securing the north.

It said hundreds of thousands of people in Northern communities had been at the mercy of bandits, kidnappers and rustlers without any form of police protection.

The forum appealed to Nigerians protesting against the police brutality to show the highest levels of restraint and maturity in the defence of their rights.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, October 12, reacted to continued protests across the country over police brutality, reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and disbandment of SARS.

The Nigerian leader in his first public statement since the #EndSARS protest erupted across the country four days ago said that the disbanding of SARS is only the first step in his administration's effort to the commitment of extensive police reforms.

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Buhari in an address shared on his Twitter page further spoke on the agitations of Nigerians regarding excessive use of force, extrajudicial killings, and wrongful conduct by men of the police.

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