- Efforts are ongoing to appease very angry Nigerian youths on the streets of the nation protesting against police brutality
- Nigerian governors are worried that the protests might escalate and have begun moves to appease the protesters
- A meeting between the governors in the leadership of the Nigeria Police Force was held recently
The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) has officially intervened in the ongoing protests against police brutality nationwide.
The Nation reports that the governors met on Wednesday, October 14 in Abuja with Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu on the issue and the way forward as the protests spread to other parts of the country.
According to the report, the governors have also resolved to meet with identified leaders of the #EndSARS protesters to persuade them to end the street rallies.
IGP Adamu had on Tuesday, October 13 announced government’s decision to implement the demands of the protesters, but the protests have continued.
Many say the police may have shot itself in the foot by pronouncing the disbandment of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS in the past (three times) after widespread outrage but allowed them back into the streets after the uproar faded.
A governor who was not named was quoted saying:
“We were briefed on the operation of the disbanded SARS by the IGP. We also compared notes on the agitations of Nigerians and the modalities of SWAT operations.
“We want a sustainable police system that will earn the confidence of Nigerians without going back to the days of SARS.
“The IGP assured us that SWAT will work in the interest of Nigerians.
“We resolved to hold a public conversation with the IGP and some of the leading lights of the #EndSARS.”
Some members of the NGF have also been speaking on the raging issue.
Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, on Tuesday, October 13 said the ongoing nationwide protests are a reflection of leadership and family failures over the years.
He stated that as youths of the nation, they had every right to organise themselves to protest against societal ills.
On his part, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom called for youths to be carried along in the new initiative to commence community policing nationwide.
According to him, with their innate knowledge of the state, the communities and the people, the involvement of community youth will guarantee greater peace and security.
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