Arewa Youth Assembly condemns hijack of #ENDSARS protests




The Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) said attention has been drawn to the activities of hoodlums across the country who have taken charge of the #ENDSARS protests to perpetrate their evil act by causing a menace to an already agitated society.

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This was as a group of concerned Kaduna citizens on Monday marched to the Government House, to demand deployment of the men of the scrapped SARS to flashpoints in the northern states to help fight bandits and insurgents.

 

A statement issued by the speaker of the AYA, Mohammed Salihu Danlami said, “While we understand that it is the civic rights of all Nigerians to put forward their agitation via peaceful protest or other means that conforms with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we must also understand that every Nigerian reserve the right to safer environments to go about their normal businesses, hence any effort by miscreants to disrupt this peace will be met with stiff resistance.”

He noted that there have been instances of attacks on protesters which have further resulted in the death of innocent Nigerians and the destruction of properties worth millions of naira.

 

“Only this morning, the news of the unfortunate jailbreak in Benin correctional center, we fear if this is going to become the trend of events, if measures are not put in place, this might escalate to further mayhem which will be capable of creating turmoil all around the country, this is not good for the peace we have so far enjoyed and not also good for the intention of the youth protest.

“It is on this note that we call on the president and commander in chief to act swiftly and put an end to all these madness on the street since the aim is been compromised, we are no longer comfortable with what might come up next, Nigeria is not a banana republic, everyone must be reminded of this fact.”

On their own part, the group of Kaduna Concerned citizens expressed solidarity with the state government over the swift establishment of the panel of enquiry to investigate the excesses of the Nigerian police specifically, SARS.

The group led by Mallam Yusuf Amoke and Isah Abubakar were received by the Acting Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, who assured them, that the state government was doing everything to address the security challenges in the State.

 

The Police brutality that has set the people against the force which led to the disbandment of the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) is a worthy struggle, and the quick response of the government is a demonstration that the government is truly for the people.

Amoke in his remarks said, “It is worthy of note, the role the Kaduna State government has been playing and played during this trying period. The Kaduna State government has since established the panel of enquiry to investigate the excesses of the Nigerian police specifically, SARS. In trying to curb insecurity in the township of the state, amongst other steps taken is the street lights project that has been kick-started to lit all the nocks of the town, which will go a long way in curbing the menace.

 

“It is on this note that we call on Protesters to be peaceful and organized with a defined leadership structure to enable coordination and avoid hijack by miscreants, and should not infringe on the right of others whom do not share a similar opinion on the subject matter.

“We also call on Kaduna State government not to relent in its effort to protecting lives and property of the good people of the State, despite the obvious challenges of limited state powers on security.

“The Federal Government should redeploy men of the scrapped SARS to flashpoints in the northern states to help fight bandits and insurgency.

 

“We urge the government to empower the Kaduna State Vigilance Service and the Civilian JTF, in whom communities drive much confidence.

“We applaud the swiftness in the constitution of the state panel of enquiry on police brutality. This will unveil the hardship citizens pass through in the hands of some unpatriotic policemen. Finally, our resolve to stand by our people is born out of a passion for good governance, a better life for the people, and accountable leadership.”

 

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