Kaduna State Government on Sunday condemned bandits’ attacks in Giwa, Igabi, Chikun, Kauru, Kajuru LGAs, and praised the peace initiative in Jema’a LGA
A statement by the State Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the State Government had received briefs from security agencies stationed in Giwa, Igabi, Chikun, Kauru and Kajuru LGAs, of bandits’ attacks which resulted in the deaths and kidnapping of some citizens.
He further stated that these attacks were actions of criminality and sheer evil, “which stand condemned by the government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.”
Aruwan added that the Governor received briefs on the situations in Kidandan, Rigachikun, Kuyanbana, Buruku general area and also Buda, within the five LGAs listed, and condoled with families that lost their loved ones in the attacks.
“Government condoles with the families that lost their loved ones to the sheer criminality of the bandits. Security agencies have been directed to double up and intensify operations against bandits and raids on their hideouts.
“Our communities are strongly urged to stand together to confront criminality. Bandits should not be allowed to inflict such pain and then have their actions be allowed to divide their victims along religious and ethnic lines. This criminality is an attack on our unity and collective well being.
“The Kaduna State Government continues to work with the security agencies in the ongoing operations against bandits, being coordinated by the Defence Headquarters,” the Governor stated.
He said the Governor had also been briefed on a peace pact between and among some communities in Jema’a LGA.
According to the security briefs, community leaders of Dangoma, Takau, and Zikpak confirmed the peace pact under the leadership of the LGA chairman, Mr Peter Danjuma Averik.
The Governor welcomed this community action as a step towards restoring peace and charged the communities to uphold their obligations in the agreement to secure peace and advance development.
The Governor noted that this agreement in Jema’a LGA was another significant step in advancing the ongoing peace building efforts in the southern Kaduna general area of the State.