The increasing attacks by gunmen on the people of Northern Nigeria has assumed a dangerous trend ,instilling fear and uncertainty in the minds of the people,the Arewa Consultative Forum(ACF) has said.
“The Federal Government should therefore, investigate the possibility of alleged external influence considering the sophistication of arms being used by the gunmen and insurgents,”the forum said.
National Publicity Secretary of the organization,Muhammed Ibrahim said in Kaduna on Monday,that ACF was again shocked by the gruesome killing of over 100 innocent people and destruction of their property in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State on 15th March, 2014.
” This is indeed very sad and worrisome. The frequency of such attacks by gunmen in Northern states has placed the region under siege. The disturbing reality is that there is no sign of this intractable war coming to an end,”he said.
ACF therefore,insisted that the wisdom of associating such attacks with religion or ethnicity should be discouraged, as the warring parties in communities where these killings took place had lived together peacefully over the years.
“ACF calls on the Northern States to pool their resources together and fund the security apparatus in their states for effect, similar to the security Joint Task Force operating in Lagos and Kano states
“The intelligence community and governments should do more to unravel the cause, motives and sources of arms, and funding of these terrorists ,and the ACF extends its sympathy and condolences to the affected persons, especially the bereaved families, the Government and people of Kaduna State over this unfortunate incident.”
“The Government should intensify effort to arrest the perpetrators of such crime and bring them to book.ACF urges the Kaduna State Government and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to immediately provide relief materials to alleviate the sufferings of the affected people of Kaura Local Government Area. The security agencies should provide adequate security especially in the most vulnerable areas,”ACF said.