Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has condemned in totality the abduction of mostly female students of the Federal University Gusau (FUGUS), at their private hostels, in Sabon Gida Village, Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State,Northwest, Nigeria.
The forum said the disturbing incident suggests that the attack was well planned, coordinated and executed by terrorists fully prepared were female students targeted
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by National Publicity Secretary of the Forum Prof. Tukur Muhammad-Baba said the incident is even more worrisome, being of far reaching negative implications for access to education especially for the girl-child, is subject to many formidable challenges in the best of times.
According to the statement efforts to repel the bandits by elements of the Nigerian Army neither deterred nor stopped the terrorist from going off with a yet-to-be fully ascertained number of hapless victims. Adding that the disconcerting such a most unfortunate criminal incident is not the first of its kind in memory but it certainly is one abduction far too many to occur in any community in Nigeria.
The forum Commiserated with the victims of the attack, parents and FUGUS management and seeks prays for the immediate and unconditional release of the abducted students unharmed.
ACF commended Zamfara State Government for conveying emergency security meet and its timely and quick response by contain the situation through a high-powered delegation on a confidence-building visit to the scene of the incident.
They appealed to security forces and government not to relent in the efforts to contain banditry and terrorism in Zamfara State and the country a large and spare no efforts in ensuring that the abducted students are released unharmed.
While calling on Federal Government to rejig Nigeria’s security architecture and to come up with new multi-pronged containment strategies against security and related existential threats bedeviling schools and all communities. streesing that the new strategies should aim at the total eradication of the scourge of banditry and terrorism country-wide.
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