The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has called on the security agencies to quiz Gov Bello Matawalle over his comment that he knew those behind the abduction of 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Jangebe in Zamfara State.
Matawalle while conversing with seventeen monarchs, who paid him a visit over the abduction of the schoolgirls said, “I want to inform you that there are many revelations in relation to the abduction of these students. Many people will be surprised to hear those people behind the abduction of these innocent children.”
The governor’s utterance has drawn the reaction of the ACF, who in a statement its National Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh, released said it was unguarded and called on security agencies to make him reveal those behind the heinous act.
The statement read in part, “The Arewa Consultative Forum ACF is stunned by a statement accredited to the Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle.
“The governor is reported in the media to have told 17 Emirs who paid a sympathy visit to him on the kidnap of 317 school girls from Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Mafara that he knew the identities of the kidnappers and if he revealed their identities, Nigerians would be shocked.
“We ask the governor to reveal their identities and let Nigerians be shocked or even the heavens fall.
“We also ask the security agencies to question the governor on the identities of the criminals he is trying to hide. If he refuses to disclose their identities, he must be treated as an accomplice to the criminal act of kidnapping.
“The ACF has been embarrassed by the spate of kidnappings especially of schoolchildren spreading like wild fire all over the north.
“People in positions of authority that will help us out of this mess like governor Mutawalle must stop embarrassing the north and country with careless statements on a serious issue like the kidnappings of school children.
“Zamfara State and the north are way behind the rest of the country in educational development. The serial kidnappings of school pupils in the north will only worsen a bad and unacceptable state of education in the North.”