- The Arewa Consultative Forum called for more onslaught against bandits
- The group rejected call for state of emergency in states affected by banditry
- The ACF said the move has not worked in the past and would not likely work now
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has rejected the call to declare a state of emergency in northern states affected by banditry.
The Nation reports that the group’s publicity secretary, Muhannad Ibrahim Biu, gave this position on Friday, April 26.
The ACF said continuous onslaught against bandits would yield better result that declaring a state of emergency.
Biu noted that former president Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in the past but nothing changed.
He said: “We have always made our position known on this issue. For those, calling for state of emergency, we don’t think that is the solution.
“If you recall, state of emergency was last imposed during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration. But the question is did it provide the desired result? No, it did not.
“So, we suggest that the Federal Government should deal with the situation the way it dealt with similar ones in Benue, Plateau and others.
“Like we have also said in our previous press releases, the government should equip the security forces to be able to face the challenges squarely.
“The Federal Government should also recruit more security personnel.
“Presently, we have many police personnel attached to politicians. This will make the security to sustain the onslaught against the criminals.”
Meanwhile, following escalating inter-ethnic crises between the Tiv and the Jukun communities, the Benue and Taraba state governments set up a 10-man peace committee to see to the end of violence in the areas.
The committee, according to TVC, has three months to identify the causes of the clashes between the two communities. It is also to suggest a peace plan.
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