The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) on Wednesday, February 5; unveiled a security outfit code-named ‘Operation Shege-Ka-Fasa’ which literally means “I dare you to attack or surrender” in Hausa.
Indeed, Shege-Ka-Fasa is believed to be a Northern version of the South-West regional security initiative ‘Operation Amotekun’ (Leopard).
This was contained in a statement issued by the spokesman for the group, Abdullazeez Suleiman. Specifically, he revealed that Shege-Ka-Fasa is the vanguard of northerners irrespective of ethnic and religious affiliation.
CNG emphasised that for the past 12 years, the North has struggled with disabling challenges that include; dwindling economy, rising poverty and more worrying, a crippling security situation that has taken a huge toll on lives, property and the overall cohesion of the region.
The Coalition noted that while the insurgency raged; other disturbances were created in the region in the form of cattle rustling that pitched northern communities against each other.
“A new dimension was introduced to the farmers/herders conflict; which gradually deteriorated into an uncontrollable proportion and deepened the artificial rift between communities in the region.
“The culmination of these security challenges has for the past decade turned the entire region into a house of horror with violent killings reported on a daily basis; communities displaced with formal and informal IDP camps spreading across the region.
“The situation today, on most northern highways; innocent travelers are waylaid, robbed and abducted, towns and villages attacked and sacked by bandits who have created an atmosphere of palpable fear across the region.
“As the situation grows more desperate by the day with the North as the most porous and vulnerable; with northerners as the most distressed and estranged.”
CNG stressed that it is absolutely impossible to expect that communities would continue to fold their arms; while criminals invade their abodes, kill, abduct and displace them.
“By this, today we unveil the symbols for the Shege-Ka-Fasa outfit which would be formally inaugurated in the coming few weeks; when all necessary legal processes might have been completed or formally adopted and ratified by the northern states governors,” it stated.