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The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has invited the Inspector- General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to brief the body on the security situation in the country, particularly the ongoing protests against the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS).

Although the IGP scrapped the squad accused of extrajudicial killings, brutality and extortion, the protests have continued in parts of the country.

The 19th NGF Teleconference Meeting is scheduled to hold today and Mohammed has been told that he must participate in it.

The meeting will also feature discussions on the hike in the electricity tariff.

Head of Media, NGF, Adburazaque Bello-Barkindo, said in a statement the governors also invited the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Minister of Communications and Digital Economy,  Dr .Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami; and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development , Sadiya Farouq.

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“The Minister of Humanitarian Resources and Disaster Management will be discussing how to lift 100 Nigerians out of poverty with the governors,” he said.

Bello-Barkindo said the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) scheduled for the last quarter of the year, the conclusions of the distribution of palliatives by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) was also be discussed at the meeting.
Meanwhile, President, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, called for a total overhaul of all security platforms in Nigeria.

In a statement, he demanded the release of those arrested for taking part in the FSARS protests.

Akpata said the protests were triggered by years of brutality and professional misconduct by police officers.

He lamented the anti-robbery squad became a threat to the same citizens that they were meant to protect.

The NBA leader said:”In the wake of the protests that have resurrected the consciousness of the Nigerian society and indeed the international community to these very important and systemic issues, the NBA is convinced that a disbandment of SARS (or any other unit by whatever name called), re-posting or transferring officers of any disbanded unit and other knee-jerk reactions will only scratch the surface and not offer long-lasting solutions to the endemic issues bedeviling the Nigerian Police as currently constituted.”

The group condemned any attempt to ban citizens from protesting and called on the government to protect the rights of citizens.

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