Northern Group Wants Zamfara Governor Probed over Identities of Kidnap Sponsors
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) had asked security agencies in Nigeria to question the Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, over the identities of people behind the kidnapping of students of the GGSS, Jangebe.
Matawalle, on Tuesday, said he would reveal the identities of people behind the abduction of over 300 students of Government Girls’ Secondary School, Jangebe in the Talata Mafara Local Government Area of the state.
He however said he would make the revelation after the abducted schoolgirls, who were released earlier on Tuesday, might have been reunited with their families.
ACF’s national chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, however described Matawalle’s statement as unguarded, saying security operatives should treat the governor as an accomplice to the kidnappers if he refused to reveal their identities.
According to the ACF, the north is embarrassed by the statement of the governor and insecurity ravaging the region.
It stated, “The Arewa Consultative Forum ACF is stunned by a statement accredited to the Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle.
“The governor is reported in the media to have told 17 Emirs who paid a sympathy visit to him on the kidnap of 317 school girls from Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Mafara that he knew the identities of the kidnappers and if he revealed their identities, Nigerians would be shocked.
“We ask the governor to reveal their identities and let Nigerians be shocked or even the heavens fall.
“We also ask the security agencies to question the governor on the identities of the criminals he is trying to hide. If he refuses to disclose their identities, he must be treated as an accomplice to the criminal act of kidnapping.
“The ACF has been embarrassed by the spate of kidnappings especially of schoolchildren spreading like wild fire all over the north.
“People in positions of authority that will help us out of this mess like governor Mutawalle must stop embarrassing the north and country with careless statements on a serious issue like the kidnappings of school children.
“Zamfara State and the north are way behind the rest of the country in educational development. The serial kidnappings of school pupils in the north will only worsen a bad and unacceptable state of education in the North.”
Meanwhile, Matawalle’s media aide, Yusuf Idris, cautioned ACF not to be in a hurry, saying the governor would eventually tell the world who those people were.
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