The Northern Governors Forum has condemned the attacks in Southern Kaduna, which left 21 people dead. They were killed in four Atyap villages in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.
Dr. Simon Mancha, Director of Press and Communication Affairs to Chairman of the Forum, Simon Lalong, Plateau State governor, said the persistent attacks on villages in the area despite efforts by the Kaduna State Government and security agencies raise serious concerns.
The Governors said the recent attacks show desperate attempts by criminals to cause pain and sorrow among innocent citizens and frustrate the efforts of the Kaduna State Government.
They 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 blood thirsty people.”
The governors said any group or individual aggrieved for whatsoever reason should seek redress through official channels than resort to self-help.
The Forum commiserated with the victims and Kaduna State government and pledged its support to Governor Nasir El-Rufai.