Wednesday, August 17, 2016

El-Rufai visits areas attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Southern Kaduna

Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed displeasure over the incessant attacks that left many people dead in Southern Kaduna and the displacement of the entire members of Nente village, promising to work closely with security agencies in the state to stop further ”senseless killings.”
The Governor alongside his Deputy, Bala Barnabas Bantex, members of his executive council, security chiefs and local government chairmen were in Nente, Godogodo District, Jema’a local government area and Ungwar Mada in Sanga local government area for physical assessment of the affected villages.

Fielding questions from journalists after the tour, the Governor who was highly disturbed with the level of destruction explained that the decision to visit the affected areas was based on the wide reports on the unfortunate incidents.

“We decided to bring our security council meeting here to see for ourselves what is going on; it is most unfortunate that it was a very small problem that led to the high degree of killings and crisis. But I am pleased that the Police and Army have moved in to secure the place, and we hope that peace will return soon,” he noted.

On steps taken to stop the frequent reprisal attacks, governor El-Rufai said, is that “There is a meeting between the National leadership of Miyetti Allah and the communities here represented at the highest level by the Deputy governor to discuss and find a way to end these endless killings.

“In Sanga, the issue is more of criminality and armed robbery, we have been requested by the local government Chairman that a police division be established in Faden karshi, we are going to make a request to IGP, the state government will bear the burden of building the police station.

“We will continue to invest in resources to keep our people safe and secure. We hope and pray that with the support of the communities, traditional and religious leaders, we will bring back peace to Jama’a and Sanga local government areas and the entire state.

“We came here to sympathize and empathize with them, we ask them to be patient, to pray to God to soften their hearts. The state government will provide whatever succor we can provide, but at the end of the day our communities stand to coexist with one another and live in peace with one another.

“Any act of intolerance, break down of law and taking the law into their hands rather than allow the authority to handle the situation will continue to result to this kind of situation.

“So my appeal to everyone is to be patient to know that the government cares for all of them, and we are here to protect the lives and property of everyone. We will continue to do so, we appeal to everyone to know that there’s a government that functions, people should cease from taking the laws into their own hands if not the circle of reprisals will never end.

“We are going to deal with anyone that breaks the laws in Kaduna State no matter how highly place. We need the cooperation of everyone. It is very sad to see a village to be completely destroyed and people living in fear. It’s a source of concern for all of us.”

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