Equipped thugs numbering around 100 on Monday raged Arewa House, setting of the Northern locale’s Security Review meeting, assaulting members of the gathering. Armed thugs assault security
The punks wielding risky weapons raged the scene of the occasion at around 11 in the first part of the day, trucking endlessly resources, for example, cell phones and decimating properties worth great many Naira.
The attacked event was organised by Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) with the aimed of creating synergy between communities and government security and designing a uniform approach to the current security situation in the North, especially as over 300 schools were kidnapped in Katsina State by bandits.
The event was attended by retired military officers, Retired Police officers, religious leaders, traditional rulers, various women, youth and trade associations.
While addressing newsmen, Chairman of the Coalition, Balarabe Rufai described the attack as unfortunate, labeling those who sponsored thugs to come after them as ‘enemies of the north and Nigeria’.
Rufai explained that just as the meeting was kicking off; sponsored armed thugs stormed the auditorium after subduing the civil guards at the gate. They came in with Machete and other weapons and started attacking people.
“Majority had to fly out through the window to escape. We are very confused on what actually transpired. But I want to assure people that this objective we have of reviewing security situation in the north where people are being killed on daily basis won’t continue. We cannot fold our arms and watch.
“Whoever is behind this attack (hoodlums) is an enemy of the north and enemy of Nigeria. This attack won’t deter us. We are going to have another meeting in another place and discuss how to complement government’s effort in bring out security outfit that is multi-sectoral, where all people will come in and have what we intend to call Arewa Security Marshall,” he said.
Similarly, spokesman of the group, Abdulaziz Suleiman issued a press statement aside disrupting the event, the “hoodlums overturned tables shattered glasses, attacked the guests and officials, wounding several people and smashing vehicles parked in the premises.”
According to Sulieman, “it is disturbing that a battalion of armed thugs can stroll free across the streets of central Kaduna wielding dangerous weapons without the intervention of the security. Security only arrived hours after the thugs had left.”
He said, “It is quite obvious now that some powerful forces are benefiting from the current security situation and would do everything for it to continue.”
Suleiman however pledged the commitment of his group to ensuring the safety and security of the North and its people.
In another development, the Joint Action Committee of Northern Youth Associations, (JACOM) said President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in his primary duty of providing security and welfare for the people, following the spate of kidnapping and other security challenges in the north.
The committee condemned the kidnapping of hundreds students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara in Katsina State, urging the State and Federal Government to rescue the students in no time and avoid a repeat of the Chibok Girls who became pounds on the chess of. They also demanded that President Buhari address the Country on the kidnapping of the boys.
Perusing the JACOM’s dispatch gave toward the finish of the gathering, the Convener and Chairman Communique Committee, Muhammed Murtala Abubakar and Kumaga Rapheal Terkula, called for rebuilding of the nation to clear path for network policing.