Arewa leaders condemn attacks, urge better intelligence gathering

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned the wave of killings in the polity, saying the development was worrisome. It urged the Federal Government to immediately halt the menace.The group specifically deplored the recent attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on a military and humanitarian workers’ base in Rann, Kala-Balge council area of Borno State where about 12 persons were killed and others abducted.

Its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, in a statement, said the body was “seriously disturbed by the spate of attacks on soft targets that include schools and aid workers by terrorist groups especially in Borno and Yobe states.

“Another worrisome attack was the recent one by suspected Mambilla militia in Sardauna Local Government Area of Taraba State where about 14 persons were suspected to have been killed and many settlements razed.

“These attacks run across the grain of any religious injunction, as all religions promote the sacred inviolability of the individual and peaceful coexistence among various communities.

“ACF once more, reiterates its call on the military and other security agencies to be proactive and sustain surveillance using appropriate intelligence on innocent communities and internally displaced persons’ (IDPs) camps in order to avert such ugly incidents.”

The northern socio-cultural group also urged the security agencies “to take urgent steps towards securing the abducted UNICEF staff and others kidnapped by the terrorist groups.”

Furthermore, ACF tasked the Federal Government on better surveillance and intelligence gathering.According to the spokesman, sustaining surveillance and harnessing intelligence would go a long way in addressing the development.He urged the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators, adding: “ACF equally calls on the Taraba State government to urgently provide appropriate succour to the affected communities on the Mambilla Plateau.”

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