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Press Statement: Dogon Dawa Killings Must Not Be Swept Under-Carpet [GURARA FORUM]



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We (Gurara Forum, a Southern Kaduna based professional organization) wish to condemn in strong terms the massacre of 22 innocent people by unknown bandits in possession of sophisticated weapons in Dogon Dawa area of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

We share the pains and anguish in the unnecessary loss of lives that was perpetrated in the community by yet to be identified gunmen with impunity and without remorse for the sanctity of human life. It is ungodly and once again shows how insecure and vulnerable our communities in Kaduna State and other parts of the North are at the mercy of evil-doers.

While we are commiserating with the community, Birnin Gwari Emirate and the entire Government and good people of Kaduna State, we wish to clearly state that, the matter must not be swept under the carpet.

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Security Agencies and the State Government must roll their sleeves and carry out thorough investigation in a bid to bring to book all those found culpable of these heinous crimes. Those behind these serial killings with impunity must also be unmasked for the whole world to know those that have been brazenly killing innocent citizens of Kaduna State at will and without being repelled by security agencies. The culprits must be fished out and subsequently prosecuted. Their prosecution before the court of law and punishment will serve as a deterrent and loud statement to those responsible that henceforth, these acts will not be condoned in our dear State.
The sophisticated armoury of this gang of killers also suggests that they have powerful forces behind them who are supplying and. equipping them with weapons and other fire arms.

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Finally, the government is expected to demonstrate political will in handling challenges associated with insecurity, while the security agencies on their own side, must also ensure that law abiding people are protected from all forms of attacks at the hands of bandits. It is only in Stateless societies that acts of impunity and brigandage is condoned.

It is our prayer that the State Government and all Security Agencies will be proactive in proffering solutions that will assure the citizenry that this slide to anarchy is fully checked!

Long live Kaduna State! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!!

Vincent Bodam
17th October 2012.


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