Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna
Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) yesterday threw its support behind the move to introduce community policing by Borno State Government to provide vigilant and security in the insurgency ridden areas.
The body which disclosed this in a statement issued at the end of its National Working Committee (NWC) in kaduna enjoined other states to emulate Born State government.
A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim stressed that, “ACF is pleased with the stakeholders meeting embarked upon by the Borno State Government where religious and traditional leaders, including security agencies, partner to discuss community policing that will make the people to be more vigilant and security conscious”.
The meeting which was presided over by the Secretary-General, Col JIP Ubah (rtd) who stood in for the National Executive Council Chairman, IGP Alhaji Ibrahim Ahmadu Coomassie (rtd), also deliberated on management matters, issues of national importance especially the security challenges.
The meeting noted with satisfaction the effort of the military and other security agencies in their determination to end the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast particularly the persistent onslaught on the enclaves of the terrorists.
“With more troops, adequate equipment and personal supervision of Operation Zaman Lafiya Dole by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen TY Buratai will win” ACF stated, urging the military to not only subdue the insurgents but station the soldiers in the areas captured and sustain a permanent surveillance that will reassure the people of their safety.
The meeting however was saddened by the recent suicide bomb attacks on innocent Muslim faithfuls during their evening and morning prayers in Maiduguri and Yola in Borno and Adamawa states respectively, where about 75 people were killed and many injured.
“This wicked attack on soft targets using innocent female suicide bombers by the Boko Haram terrorists is most unfortunate and worrisome”, it added.
” The Statement continuous that “However, ACF is pleased with the stakeholders meeting embarked upon by the Borno State Government where religious and traditional leaders including security agencies partner to discuss community policing that will make the people to be more vigilant and security conscience”.
The Forum also urges the Borno state government to sustain this laudable security advocacy and also provide necessary equipment, logistics and training to enable the community in conjunction with the security agencies protect themselves against the frequent attack by suicide bombers.
ACF also calls upon other states to emulate this type of stakeholders meeting involving religious and traditional leaders in order to enhance and sustain community policing.
The meeting also commends the prompt visit of the Federal Government delegation led by the Secretary to the Federal Government Mr. Babachir David Lawal to Yola and Maiduguri to commiserate with the victims and the state governments over this barbaric and unwarranted attacks on innocent worshipers by the suicide bombers.
ACF considers the visit not only reassuring to the victims and the states government but also shows the Federal Government’s concern to the welfare and security of the citizenry adding “ACF welcomes the flag-off of the intervention program of the Federal Government through its Presidential Initiative for the Northeast (PINE), the Victim Support Fund (VSF) and the Save Schools Initiative (SSI) by the Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo yesterday in Maiduguri with the collaboration of Multi- Stakeholders engaged in humanitarian services to the victims of Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast”.
It however appealed to the implementers of the marshal plan on rehabilitation and reconstruction of the destroyed areas of the region to employ prudence, diligence and promptness in the execution of the program to enable the internally displaced persons (IDPS) return to their homes.
According to them the Borno state government’s initiative of providing mass housing estates in the affected local government areas to re-settle the IDPS is equally encouraging and will compliment Federal Government intervention program.
“The Security Joint Task Force formed by the state governments of Kaduna, Zamfara, Kebbi, Kano, Katrina, Sokoto, Jigawa and Niger to tackle the issue of cattle rustlers have started to yield results with the recovery of many stolen cattle and the arrest of suspected cattle rustlers. ACF is happy with this development as it had consistently advocated for this joint task force to tackle the menace of these cattle thieves who not only steal but in most cases kill the herders. ACF appeals to the concerned states to sustain the operation of the Security Joint Task Force by regular funding.
The meeting which was also attended by other Northern groups also reaffirmed its commitment to the unity and peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians irrespective of their cultural, religious and other persuasions in order to consolidate our political, social and economic development”, it maintained. End