Arewa Group Urges FG To Assist Displaced Persons In North-West Ahead Of Ramadan

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Group, Arewa Elders Initiatives and Interactive Group on Monday called on the government at all levels and other well meaning Nigerians to support the people displaced by auditory in the North-West ahead of this year’s Ramadan season.

The group also commended the security formula employed by the Governor of Zamfara state, Muhammad Bello Mutawalle, to address the issue of saboteurs (Informants) which is believed to be slowing down the end to banditry and other criminal activities in the Northwestern part of the country.

The group in a statement after a two-days interactive session with some selected NGOs in Kaduna tagged as; ‘Emerging challenges facing the North West and Issues behind success of the fight against Banditry and Kidnapping ahead of 2023 elections’ by its National Chairman, Hon Alhassan Ado Gwadabe further noted that the new strategies employed by Governor Bello Mutawalle of Zamfara state include arrests of informants, shutting down networks, banning of sale of fuel and exposing collaborators in communities, demolishing of their structures and removal of traditional rulers or community leaders who are accused of connivance and negligence is positively restoring peace in the region.

The group noted that within two months, Niger, Kaduna and Kebbi States, have lost over two hundred people as a result of multiple attacks by the suspected bandits operating within the Kaduna/Niger axis.

“Now that Ramadan is fast approaching, we want to make a strong appeal to the federal government, states and other well-meaning Nigerians to assist these victims on the run, especially those that have been displaced by the nefarious activities of the bandits terrorising communities and now migrating to presume safer places in the region

“The greatest challenge for the fight against bandits now declared as terrorists is to use the kind of application of the non-kinetic methods introduced by Governor of Zamfara State, Hon Bello Muhammad Mutawalle of operation ‘Flush Out’ by arresting informants, use of traditional and political solution, giving all the needed support to vigilante groups, include logistics, resources and solidarity to other law enforcement agents going into operations.

“To us, emulating methods used by the Zamfara state government are yielding positive results, exposing some Informants hideouts, assisting in the strategic way of the fight against insecurity challenges in the state that has now brought it down drastically compared to records. There is a relative improvement of peaceful atmosphere and free movement of people and activities in certain troubled places that are hitherto no-go places.

“Going by the report of the gathering of over two million people that converged in the state capital, Gusau across the country for their 3-days religious activities without any report of attacks or kidnapping, it’s an encouraging matter and good development to say, peace is gradually returning in Zamfara despite the pockets of challenges in some places.

“We, therefore, suggest that there must be collaboration, understanding, trust and intelligence sharing among all the relevant security agencies involved with locals and government as deliberate plans to achieve desired goals.

“This is because the use of military might alone not bring an end to such killings and destruction of lives and properties of innocent people in the region, hence, the need for healthy collaboration among the effects states governors together with community and political leaders, stakeholders on security and others as exhibited by the governor of Zamfara state”,

The group then called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Service Chiefs and governors of the region to come up with new strategies and tactics that could ensure absolute success in the ongoing fight against insecurity challenges facing people in the area, especially with the recent reports of the escalation of banditry activities and killing of innocent people in some part of Niger and Kebbi states.

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