- A group of northern elders, Northern Elders Forum, has claimed northerners are being attacked in the south amid the #EndSARS protest
- The forum called on state governors to ensure the safety of the northerners to avoid plunging the nation into deeper crises
- NEF also advised northern residents in the south to be calm and continue to pursue their livelihood
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has raised the alarm over an alleged attack of northerners who reside in the southern part of the country, ThisDay reported.
Nigeria has been in embroiled in violence as hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protest, a nationwide campaign by young Nigerians against police brutality.
NEF has, however, claimed that northerners in the south are being targeted, with alleged cases of killings, destruction and stealing of their assets and other assaults.
The forum's director of publicity and advocacy, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, made the allegations in a statement issued on Tuesday, October 27.
He called on the Nigerian leaders to work towards lowering tension, improving inter-community relations and isolating those who seek to plunge the nation into deeper ethnic crises.
The forum added that many people in the north are concerned by the plight of family members in the south who have allegedly lost lives and assets and are living in fear.
It called on governors to take urgent steps to improve protection of northerners in the south and give them assurances of their safety.
The group also advised northerners living in southern states to stay put and continue to pursue their livelihood.
NEF equally called on them to compile a verifiable inventory of lives and property lost and approach relevant authorities for appropriate restitution.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that despite the curfew declared by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, there was a serious clash between Yorubas and Hausas in the Fagba, Iju-Ishaga, Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state on Thursday, October 22.
There was panic among residents in the area as many cars were set ablaze amid unconfirmed claims of casualties.
The threatening situation was confirmed by the police spokesman in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, who called on community leaders to do their best to restore calm in the area.
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