The Northern Elders Forum has called for an end to protests demanding the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Police Unit (SARS) which has been going on for almost two weeks in parts of the country, mostly in the south.
A statement issued by the group on Monday night, signed by its publicity secretary Hakim Baba-Ahmed, described the protesters’ victory in ending the alleged SARS operation as a major step forward. He said the continuation of the campaign would affect the well-being of people.
The statement added that there were fears that the protests could escalate into a full-blown insurgency with a different agenda.
It was reported that Nigerian police have hired thugs and thugs to disperse protesters in various parts of the country.
The protests, which began on social media before the unrest in the country’s cities, have claimed 15 lives, according to Amnesty International.
The demand by the Northern Elders Forum came as King Ife Adeyeye Ogunwusi and former President Olusegun Obasanjo called for a halt to the protests, which is already turning violent.