Kaduna warns against reprisal attacks, violence

Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Government has urged those circulating images of dead victims and calling for reprisal attacks following the violence that erupted between herdsmen and farmers about a month ago in Kajuru Local Council of the state to desist from such unpatriotic acts.

The spokesperson for the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, who gave the warning at a press conference yesterday, said the government would deal ruthlessly with those inciting violence in the state.

Aruwan said: “The Security Council meeting chaired by Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai received briefings from Garrison Commander, 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Base Commander of the Nigerian Air Force, Director, DSS Kaduna State, Commissioner of Police and heads of other security agencies operating in the state.

“The Security Council also reviewed the security situation in Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Kaduna-Abuja Road and Zaria-Kubau-Giwa axis.

“Other means of enhancing security in the areas were discussed and actions recommended for prompt implementation.

“The Security Council further deliberated on the massive circulation of disturbing images of dead bodies and injured victims arising from recent violence that erupted in Kajuru Local Council of the state by mischievous persons who are appealing for reprisals.

“It is clear that those circulating these inciting images are hell- bent on deepening the unfortunate incidence that occurred last month.

“Anyone found will not be spared and will be prosecuted accordingly without fear or favour. It is on this premise that the Security Council wishes to inform families, relations, associates and friends of the victims that some suspects linked to the unfortunate incident have been arrested and presently undergoing investigation, while some have been arraigned for diligent prosecution.

“Security agencies are also making remarkable progress in trailing suspects still at large and are close on them. The Government of Kaduna State, under the leadership of Governor El-Rufai is pursuing the matter with deep sense of justice and sanctity of the human life.”

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