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Governors To Meet Buhari Over Security Challenges, Back Police Reform

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Members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) have agreed to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari as soon as possible to address the security challenges in the country.

This formed part of the resolutions reached at a meeting held on Wednesday, which deliberated on issues affecting the country, particularly on the issue of national security and the recent killings of over 43 rice farmers in Borno State.

They decried that the police and other internal security operatives have not been functioning to full capacity since the #EndSARS protests in parts of the country, noting the attendant security exposure to the safety of lives and properties of the people.

As a result, the governors agreed to pay close attention to the conduct of police officers across the country in order to get them and others fully back to work.

The governors also resolved to support the necessary reforms that would result in a police force that works for all.

On the aftermath of the protests, they noted that the judicial commissions of inquiry instituted in all 36 states to probe petitions of brutality by law enforcement agents were in progress.

Away from security matters, the governors maintained their position that stamp duties belong primarily to states and the various collection platforms were channels of payment to the states while aligning with the guidance provided by their lawyers and experts.

The governors resolved to direct the Attorney-Generals across all states to review the Water Resources Bill and send their input to the NGF Secretariat as quickly as possible.

They also called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to speed up the implementation of the truce elements in their resolutions to allow schools to reopen.

 

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