……Endorse #ENDSARS Protest,
…asks Buhari to punish erring SARS men
Northern elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elder for Peace and Development(CNEEPD)have rejected the proposed “Operation Crocodile Smile” schedule to start Monday by the Nigerian Army, noting that insecurity and hunger were reasons behind the continuous protests by #EndSARS campaigners in the country.
While protesting against killings, intimidation and harassment of protesters by men of the Nigeria police, the elders , called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to “urgently arrest the erring police officers and hoodlums responsible for the attacks.”.
It will be recalled that various attacks have been made on protesters all over the country by persons suspected to be policemen and hoodlums.
These observations were contained in a communiqué issued on Saturday evening after the expanded meeting of CNEEPD held in Abuja.
The communiqué was signed by Zana Goni, North East; Dr Mohammed Suleman, North West; and Prof Ofa Afolabi; North Central.
The CNEEPD said that the best way possible for the President to restore public confidence in security agencies was, “the immediate restructuring beginning with the sack of the service chiefs.”
The 12-point communiqué reads in part, “We support in totality the continuous peaceful protests by Nigerians across the country over police brutality and call on the protesters to remain focused and peaceful.
We condemn the persistent insecurity in Nigeria particularly in the North, despite the huge investments so far running into trillions of naira to the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
We call for an independent forensic investigation into the expenditure of the Armed Forces from December 2015 till date.