A coalition of Southern Kaduna civil societies yesterday, at a press conference in Abuja, accused the federal government of not taking adequate and urgent measures to end the killings in their area, as well as identifying the perpetrators and bringing them to book.
The civil societies stated that they are weary of petitioning, protesting, demonstrating and appealing to the government to end the killing, adding that drastic measures must be taken to bring peace back to the area.
Vincent Bodam, who read the statement, further accused government officials from the area of playing politics with the people’s lives by not speaking out when they should.
“Indeed, the more effort our people have made towards ending this bloodshed, the more ferocious and frequent the attacks have become. These attacks have occurred despite the presence of security forces in the area. The response of government to the killings has been rather very lackadaisical and merely palliative, without any concrete effort or measure to forestall future attacks and or apprehend the attackers and bring them to justice.
“It is on record that even in situations where the communities have captured the perpetrators red-handed, while in the act of terrorising our communities and handed them over to security forces, none has been prosecuted in court”.
Some of the CSOs present at the briefing include Southern Kaduna Women Lawyers Forum, represented by Gloria Mabiem Ballason; SOKAPU (youth wing), represented by Sebastine Luka; Gurara Forum, represented by Vincent Bodam and Francis Kozah Esq of Southern Kaduna Lawyers Forum.
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