By Emeka Mamah
The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned Wednesday’s ambush of policemen and officials of the Department of State Security, DSS, which led to the killing of 23 of the officers, saying that the action was ”revolting.”
ACF made this known in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Anthony Sani Thursday.
Unknown gunmen were said to have ambushed the deceased police officers and DSS members at Ombatse, in Lafia, Nassararwa State, killing them instantly and destroying about eight of their vehicles.
However, the ACF’s statement read, ”The reported ambush of police and SSS by the Ombatse worshippers in Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State which resulted in the loss of 23 police officers and eight vehicles is revolting. Revolting because apart from the precious lives lost, those whose responsibility is to secure the lives and property of Nigerians are becoming the targets of religious sects, however defined.
This is unacceptable and so should be condemned by, not only all religions but also by all peace loving Nigerians.
”ACF, therefore, condemns the mindless attacks in totality. Yet we must not fail to point out the fact that criminals among us are shielding themselves with beliefs which they use to unleash crimes on fellow Nigerians. This country must regard and treat criminals for what they are, regardless of their faiths.
”It is very important that the governments and all leaders (be they political, religious or traditional) must come together and confront this evil menace by addressing the underlying causes. Our hearts go to those who lost lives of loved ones and property to the ambush.
May God provide them with fortitude to endure what has happened. May their souls rest in peace.”