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Northern Governors Condemn The Killing Of Emir Of Gwoza

The chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum (NSGF) and the governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, has expressed shock and disbelief over killing of the emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Timta.

The Emir of Gwoza, Idrissa Timta, who was killed on Friday after armed men abducted him and a colleague, local officials said.

Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked and abducted the traditional ruler, and his colleague, the Emir of Uba, Ismaila Mamza on Friday morning.

In a statement yesterday by the chief press secretary to the forum chairman, Israel Ayegba Ebije, the forum chairman termed the attack as a war on the traditional institution. Continue...

He  described the killing of the emir of Gwoza as irresponsible, callous and an affront on the traditional institution and collective heritage of Nigerians adding that  the attack is coming at a time the federal government has concluded plans to grant amnesty to the Boko Haram sect.

According to Aliyu, “We call on the leadership and entire members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the amnesty offer promised by President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR. Dialogue remains the best option for resolving issues. Whatever your agitations are, bring them to the dialogue table for discussion”.

The forum chairman said, the NSGF also condemned the  assassination attempt on the lives of the emir of Uba, Alhaji Ismaila Mamza and the emir of Askira,  Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu  Askirama by gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

The  first class emirs from Borno State were believed to be  abducted while they were travelling to Gombe State to attend the fidau prayer of the emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar, who died earlier in the week.

The governor expressed sadness over the death of the emir of Gwoza and urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the country’s capability to overcome its security challenges.

He however called on security operatives to ensure that those behind the dastardly act are punished.

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