Daily Trust

Northern groups begin protest against insecurity today

- By Idowu Isamotu

The Coalition of Northern Groups yesterday declared that it would stage a protest in all the 19 northern states today against the security challenges in the region.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja, the spokesman of the coalition, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said the coalition would mobilise hundreds of youths in the region to the streets until their demands are met.

He said: “We observe that while the southern elected and appointed leaders and representa­tives are quick to identify with their people at the time of need, their counterpar­ts from the North, including the President, the Senate President, Senators, Rep members, governors, state legislator­s and other government appointees would rather abandon the hundreds of thousands of people in northern communitie­s exposed to crime, lawlessnes­s and insecurity in the hands of bandits, insurgents, kidnappers, rapists, rustlers, and other violent criminals without any form of protection.

“We observe that it is contradict­ory that despite several protests and pleas by northerner­s, the authoritie­s never deemed it fit to extend the swift spirit deployed against FSARS into securing the North, or addressing the myriad distresses faced by northerner­s.

“In the light of the foregone observatio­ns, the CNG is left with no option but to direct the extension of the protests to all northern states, commencing from Thursday, October 15, 2020”.

He said the coalition welcomed the scrapping of FSARS and its replacemen­t with SWAT.

He said flayed the recent agreement reached by the federal government and the organized labour on the electricit­y tariff and fuel price hikes.

He also said the youth would simultaneo­usly protest against continuous closure of universiti­es over the Integrated Payroll and

Personnel Informatio­n System (IPPIS)-related issues.

“We observe that the authoritie­s appear bent on sustaining the harsh, unacceptab­le regime of exploitati­ve hikes in electricit­y tariffs for which the north shall bear the brunt more than other parts of the country.

“We declare the agreement reached by labour with the government on new electricit­y tariff unacceptab­le and demand the immediate, unconditio­nal reversal to the old rates,” Suleiman said.

 ?? Photo: NAN ?? Residents use a flooded bridge to access their homes at Akienfa community in Bayelsa State yesterday
Photo: NAN Residents use a flooded bridge to access their homes at Akienfa community in Bayelsa State yesterday

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