The Northern Governors’ Forum has reacted to the latest attack in Southern Kaduna which claimed over 22 lives on Wednesday night.
It condemned the attack, even as the perpetrators are yet to be arrested.
The 22 people including women and Children were allegedly killed by suspected Fulani militias in four villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State
The development comes days after gunmen attacked four Atyap villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State killing over 20 people and leaving many others injured.
Reacting to the development, the Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, in a statement on Thursday night, said the persistent attacks on villages in the area raises serious concern and condemnation.
The Forum noted that the recent attack shows the desperate attempt by criminal elements to cause pain and sorrow among innocent citizens.
Lalong also said that it was to frustrate the efforts of the Kaduna State Government at fostering peace and harmony.
He said: “we are deeply saddened by this cycle of violence and blood-letting that is carried out against unarmed and helpless people.
“This is reprehensible and regrettable. While we call on the security agencies to rise up to the occasion and apprehend these criminals, we also encourage the citizens to assist with relevant intelligence that will lead to the arrest of these bloodthirsty people”.
Lalong also said the Governors in the region maintain their position that any group or individual that is aggrieved for whatsoever reason should seek redress through official channels than resort to killing innocent Citizens.
The group commiserated with the victims of the recent attack which affected Apyiashyim, Atak’mawai, Kibori, and Kurmin Masara all in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf Local Government Area and the Government of Kaduna State.
The affected villages, according to sources, were largely burnt by the attackers, who according to accounts of survivors, included local Fulani born and raised in the villages.
The fresh killings came in the midst of the 24-hour curfew imposed by t
Recall that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai had dusk to dawn curfew to stem the frequent attacks and killings in the area including Zangon Kataf Local Government Area.
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