Northern Governors demand end to Boko Haram violence

FILE PHOTO: Scene of Boko Haram attack in Nigeria

Fresh attacks occurred weekend in Borno state.

The Northern States Governors Forum has charged Nigeria’s security agencies to do all within their powers to end the killing of defenseless citizens, especially in the north east region where gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram group have continued to kill innocent people since 2009.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who gave the charge on Sunday said members of the forum were seriously concerned at the renewed attacks on innocent citizens, following the gruesome murder of 18 persons in some farming communities around Maiduguri, the Borno State capital at the weekend.

“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting dead of 18 persons in Njaba, Mude, Kwaljiri and Kaya villages in Borno followed the same pattern as previous midnight attacks on towns and villages in the region,” said a statement signed by Mr. Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.

The forum described the fresh attacks as “horrendous, callous and inhuman”.
The forum also called on security agencies to halt the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the region.

It commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and quick recovery to those who sustained injuries during the attacks.

The forum called on security agencies to do more to protect the lives and properties of citizens and also ensure that those perpetrating violence in the region are brought to justice.

The State Governors reiterated their pledge to continue to work with other tiers of government to bring an end to security challenges confronting the nation.

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