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ACF urges FG to declare war against kidnappers, armed bandits

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Arewa leaders have asked the federal government to take military offensive to the habitats of criminals to end their activities in all parts of the country.

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) met in Kaduna yesterday and deliberated extensively on the increasing wave of kidnapping and killings part of the country, urging government to act first to end the menace.

National publicity secretary, Alhaji Mohammad Biu, stated that activities of armed bandits and kidnappers had given rise to more deaths in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, Kaduna and Taraba states.

He explained that the underlying causes of insecurity differ from one geo-political zone to another.

Biu pointed out the need for government to consciously develop appropriate measures to contain the situation.

“The ACF council appreciates the effort of the security agencies and urges them to do more and take the war to the criminals that have continued to make life unbearable to our people.

“It calls upon the federal government to take drastic measures that will restore normalcy, peace and harmony in the affected states, to assuage the fears of the people, particularly in Zamfara where the bandits’ activities have been most cruel and devastating to the socio-economic and political life of the people.

“The council also notes with concern the most recent communal clashes between the Tiv and Jukun communities in Benue and Taraba states respectively, with attendant loss of lives and destruction of property on both sides. The council condemned this unnecessary enmity between communities that have peacefully co-existed over the years, and called on the states to put up a peace building mechanism that will ensure harmony among the various groups,” he said.

The council, according to Biu, also appealed to the communities to avoid reprisal attacks as a way of addressing concerns, since such reprisals make victims of those who know nothing about the feuds.


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