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#SecureNorth: Protests Continue Across Northern Nigeria

The protests, which started on Friday in major cities in northern Nigeria and the capital Abuja, have continued in Katsina, Kaduna, Kano and the FCT.

Activists across northern Nigeria have continued with their protest against the prevalence of insecurity in the region on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.

The protests, which started on Friday in major cities in Northern Nigeria and the capital Abuja, have continued in Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto, Kano and the FCT.

However, the protesters in Katsina state were dispersed by police. Speaking with journalists, the protesters said they were calling for an end to bloodshed in northern Nigeria.

Photo: Protesters in Abuja

The protest has seen a low turnout compared to the first day it started after the Department of Security Service (DSS) intimidated some of the protesters.

In Kaduna State, one of the protesters recorded in a video called on President Muhammadu Buhari to step down “if he can’t protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.”

A protester speaking with journalists in Kaduna

“We are here in front of Sir Kasshim Ibrahim House, to demand the government to take responsibility for what has been happening in the North,” he said.

“We are tired of this killing; enough is enough. No more bloodshed.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari should convocate a national security summit with security experts whereby security leaders and agencies should take charge and end this mayhem.

“We want President Buhari to redeploy all these security men that are deployed during elections to the theater of war.”

In Kano state, pro-bono lawyers ready to stand for whoever may be arrested by the agents of state have also shown their support for the protest by holding placards.

Barr. Abba Hikima, who leads the team of lawyers, promised to stand for whoever may be intimidated by police after one of the protesters was intimidated by the DSS last week.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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