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#EndSARS: Governors Back Protesters Demand For Good Governance

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Gov. Kayode Fayemi, Chairman, NGF
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…Promise To Act On Demands o
Of Protesters
…Say Criminals, Hoodlums Have Hijacked Protest

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) said it has endorsed the call by demonstrators for improved governance predicated on an enforcement regime that takes into cognizance the fundamental human rights and liberties of all citizens in the country.

NGF position was contained in a communique issued by it’s Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi at the end of their emergency meeting held on Sunday in Abuja to deliberate extensively on the nationwide protests, riots and demonstrations.

According to Fayemi, members of the forum resolved to act on all the demands made by the EndSARS protesters while raising some concerns with the shifting nature of the demands which creates uncertainty on the exact expectations and ultimate goal.

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Lamenting that criminal elements and hoodlums have hijacked the protests by maiming innocent citizens, looting and destroying properties, he appealed to protesters to call off the protest, maintaining that a continuation grossly exposes the fragile economic fundamentals of the country.

The Chairman said that the forum condemned the attack on Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State by armed persons while he was addressing anti-police brutality protesters in the state capital Osogbo.

Fayemi noted that protesters are encouraged to engage with the government appropriately at both the national and State level to ensure that the protests are not taken over by hoodlums who are instigating a breakdown in law and order in many parts of the country.

He further disclosed that the forum has directed all states to activate a Panel of Enquiry to receive all cases of police brutality by officers of the disbanded SARS Unit.

Adding: “Each State is also expected to kickstart a compensation mechanism for all victims.”

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