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Governors’ Forum visits Tambuwal, assures increased synergy to check killings

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(L-R) Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Mallam Abdulaziz Yari, Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun State during a visit of the delegation of the NGF to the NNPC Towers Abuja….Thursday

The Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF),  Abdulaziz Yari on Thursday, assured increased synergy among leaders to check killings and destruction of properties.

Yari gave the assurance when he led five other governors on condolence visit to Governor Aminu Tambuwal and people of Sokoto State over the killings that occurred in Rabah Local Government Area of the state.

He described the incident as worrisome, noting that Sokoto State enjoyed relative peace in spite of the fact that it shared boundary with some areas experiencing troubles in Zamfara.

Yari said “we were in Plateau 10 days ago and now in Sokoto for the same condolence, which signified that drastic measures were needed to stop this menace.

“As leaders, we must stand up to our responsibilities, being that most of us here are affected.

“We are losing loved ones, property and many being injured all over the affected places.

“We need to look inward because the crime is a chain that must be stamped out. As leaders, we must cooperate and evolve measures to tackle the situation.”

Death toll hit 39

Governor Tambuwal thanked the governors for the visit and concern, stressing that the number of people who died in the Tuesday attack in Rabah Local Government Area increased to 39.

He added that after 32 people were buried on Wednesday, another set of corpses were recovered.

The governor explained that such mass killing was happening in Sokoto State for the first time.

He said that “currently, there are three Internally Displaced Persons camps comprising more than 10,000 people in the affected areas.”

According to him, security personnel have been mobilised for constant patrol in the areas.”

The Governor of Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar, led the gathering in prayer for the deceased and quick recovery for the injured.

Other governors in attendance were Aminu Masari (Katsina), Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa), Abubakar Bello (Niger) and Kashim Shattima of Borno.

The Sokoto State Deputy Governor, Ahmad Aliyu, Inuwa Abdulkadir and Sadiq Achida, National Vice Chairman Northwest and Sokoto State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as APC Chieftain, Umarun Kwabo were also on the visit.

Hundreds of suspected bandits on Tuesday invaded Gandi and Mabanni villages in Rabah local government of Sokoto State and killed many people, destroyed properties.