The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) yesterday challenged security agencies to bring to end acts of violence in the region, especially the killing of innocent Nigerians by the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram.
In a statement issued in Minna, Chairman of the forum and governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, also called on security agencies to halt the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.
Aliyu, who was reacting to the reported killing of 22 persons in Mavo, Wase local government area of Plateau State last Thursday, decried the present level of insecurity in the North, saying it is unacceptable and reiterated the forum’s call on security agencies to do all within their powers to arrest the ugly trend.
The governors expressed sadness that the Wase incident came a few days after 30 people were killed in similar circumstances in some communities in Riyom local government area and 18 in Kaura local government area of Kaduna State.
The forum commended the Interim Administrator of Wase Local Government, Zakari Haruna and other community leaders whose quick intervention averted what would have been a crisis of huge proportion.
He, therefore, asked security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice, to prevent a reoccurrence.
The forum prayed God to grant repose to the souls of the deceased and also grant members of their families the fortitude to bear the loss.