From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) has expressed shock and sadness at the reported killing of 59 persons in a fresh crisis between Eggon and Gwandara ethnic groups in Nasarawa state, urging the warring groups to immediately stop further attacks.
Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger state, Dr Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu expressed the forum’s deepest condolences to the families of the victims and urged law enforcement agents to find pro-active ways of forestalling further occurrence.
In a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s spokesman, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum called on security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice, to prevent a re-occurrence, stressing that a situation where people are killed at will was unacceptable.
The forum bemoaned the spate of violence in the region and called on all stakeholders to be part of the process of finding lasting solutions to the problem of insecurity in the North.
The forum said it is working in concert with the Federal Government in the nation’s fight against terrorism and further assured citizens of their safety wherever they live.
The Governors prayed God to grant the souls of the deceased eternal rest and members of their families the fortitude to bear the loss.