By Gabriel Udeh,, Kaduna
Zamfara State Governor, Bello Mutawalle has landed himself in trouble following aggressive renewed call by Northern Socio Cultural Organization, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), to reveal the identity of the criminals behind the 317 abducted school girls or be quizzed by security agency.
ACF which made the call Tuesday in Kaduna in a release sighed by it’s National Chairman Chief Audu Ogbe and made available to journalists, described Mutawalle remark as careless statements on a serious issues of kidnapping.
Accordingly to ACF, the Governor was 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 identity of the kidnappers and that if he revealed their identity, Nigerians will be shocked.
ACF stated that it’s “stunned by a statement accredited to the Zamfara Governor, Bello Mutawalle, that he knows the identity of the criminals.
“We ask the governor to reveal their identity and let Nigerians be shocked or even the heavens fall”, it stated.
The forum also stated that it’ll also asked the security agencies to question Governor Mutawallle to reveal the identity of the criminals if he refused to disclosed them.
“We also ask the security agencies to question the governor on the identifies 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”, it further stated.
The forum also expressed displeasure that it has been embarrassed by the spate of kidnappings especially of school children 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 far away 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”, ACF lamented.