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Gulak: Northern youths commend police, preach against reprisals

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The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria, NYCN, has commended the police operatives for eliminating the members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who killed an Adamawa politician, Ahmed Gulak.

Recall Mr Gulak, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and one-time Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, was shot dead on Sunday by members of the IPOB in Imo State.

Issuing a statement on Monday, the NYCN President, Abubakar Isah, said the proactive approach of the joint security operation has calmed the already frayed nerves in the Northern region.

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The statement said: “We received with joy the news of the timely response of Police Operatives in the interception, arrest and elimination of the IPOB/ESN Terrorists that allegedly masterminded the gruesome assassination of our respectable elder, Barr Ahmed Ali Gulak, a chieftain of the APC and one-time Political Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan.

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“The proactive approach of the joint security operation has in no small measure calmed the already frayed nerves in the Northern region especially among the youths and renewed people’s confidence in the ability of the Police to stamp out criminal elements in the country if they are supported and willing to do so.”

The group assured the Igbo community in the North of peace, adding that their wellbeing and security is a priority.

“While we withdraw our early threat on Governor Hope Ozodinma whom we issued an ultimatum for immediate arrest and apprehension of the culprits, we wish to reassure our loving Igbo brothers and sisters living in the Northern part of Nigeria of security and wellbeing as they share in our solidarity for a united, secured and prosperous nation.”

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The NYCN president appealed to security agencies to maintain balance when it comes to the manner challenges are tackled in the country.

He called on the security agencies to deploy the same “energy” on every Nigerian, not just the “elite”.

“We also call on the Police and other security agencies to deploy similar energy in tackling other act of criminality across the nation including kidnapping, banditry and terrorism among others.

“The way and manner they respond to the concern of the elites, they should also demonstrate the same on the plight of peace-loving downtrodden masses who want maximum security.

“While sending our heartfelt condolences to the Family, friends and associates of Barr Gulak, we wish to call on calm and warn against any form of reprisal as our security agencies are on top of the situation,” Mr Isah added.

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