Minna - The Northern States Governors' Forum, on Sunday, urged security agencies to take urgent steps to halt the senseless killing of defenceless citizens.
Speaking through its Chairman, Governor Babangida Aliyu, the Forum, in a statement signed by the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, also called for an end to attacks on places of worship and educational facilities.
The Forum was reacting to the murder on Saturday, of 38 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, and the killing of 15 persons in Zangang, a community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
"The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting to death of 38 students of the College of Education; Gujba, Yobe State followed the same pattern as the killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July,” it said.
While commiserating with the families of the victims, the Forum prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased, as well as quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.
It called on security agencies to intensify efforts at protecting the lives and property of citizens, and also ensure that those behind the violence in the region, were apprehended and brought to justice.