The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has commended Fulani and Ham leaders for not escalating tension and keeping peace over the killing of a herder in Jaba local government area of the state.
The Governor disclosed this through the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, during a peace advocacy engagement at Ungwan Tunga in Nok District on Saturday.
The herder, one Usman Shehu Abdullahi, was killed by unknown assailants on the outskirt of Sabzuro-Tunga Nok Road on 23 August, 2020.
At the meeting with the parents of the deceased held at their settlement, the Commissioner in company with Chairman of Jaba local government, Hon. Benjamin Jock, District Head of Nok, Elder Beno Adamu, Fulani leader of the area, Ardo Saidu and security agencies, said: “We are here on behalf of the Governor to commiserate with you over the unfortunate incident and to commend you for recourse to the law.
“The security agencies are still carrying out investigation and we are grateful for your cooperation and understanding. Your cooperation helped immensely in de-escalating tension.”
While rounding off his remarks, the Commissioner appealed to all and sundry to double up the sharing of vital information to government and security agencies so as to enhance timely intervention to emerging security challenges.
In his response, the deceased’s father, Abdullahi Wakili, assured government and security agencies of absolute recourse to the law, hence their cooperation to security personnel investigating the case.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of local government, Hon. Jock said that the council had been working with security agencies in getting to the roots of the killing.
He added that he summoned an emergency meeting with critical stakeholders towards strengthening intelligence gathering and sharing of useful information.