Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has described as “unacceptable situation” whereby security personnel on whose shoulders lie the responsibility of protecting lives and property become easy targets for criminals.
Reacting to the killing of seven policemen and a civilian in a raid on Gwaram town in Jigawa state on Wednesday, the governors said no grievance can justify such a dastardly act against law enforcement agents.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger state, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, in a statement issued yesterday in Minna by his Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, called on the insurgents to immediately stop the attacks.
The statement said: “The governors lamented the frequent attacks on the police and other security agents, saying the nation cannot afford a situation where criminal elements will overwhelm state security apparatus”.
While expressing the forum’s deepest condolences to the families of the victims as well as the police high command, the governors also condemned the killing of several farmers and destruction of property by suspected herdsmen in Wukari, Taraba state, describing it as “one attack too many.”
The Forum said Northern governors were working closely with the federal government in the nation’s fight against terrorism and further assured citizens of their safety wherever they lived.