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Kaduna warns against reprisals, IGP talks tough on banditry

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Acting Inspector General of Police, Abubakar Adamu; Director General. Department of State Services, Alhaji Yusuf Bichi and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai-Abubakar, at a press briefing on the commencement of Operation Puff Adder and immediate suspension of all mining activities to check armed banditry in Zamfara State at the State House, Abuja… yesterday PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA


Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday urged communities in Kaduna State to shun self-help in the resolution of differences.
Cautioning against reprisals during a visit to an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Maraban Kajuru, the governor stated that attacks and related ills only produce anguish and suffering. El-Rufai said he had directed relevant agencies to reassess the condition of the refugees to facilitate their return.

Speaking in Kajuru council area after the tour of the facility, the governor submitted that he was saddened by the situation.“What we saw is unfortunate, but we must speak out and tell our people the right thing to be done. An eye for eye is not a solution to the vicious cycles of killings and will complicate and undermine collective efforts.

“Our admonition is simple. If Fulani or Adara communities have complaints of killings or attacks, they should report and allow security agencies and government to take up the administration of justice. If these communities resort to taking the laws into their own hands, it will not work. That is not the solution.”

According to his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan in a statement, El-Rufai enjoined all communities to resist the temptation of jungle justice. He said it was never helpful to create false narratives and politicise security challenges that could simply be resolved through goodwill and decent conduct.

In the meantime, the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, has vowed to tackle the security challenge posed by bandits and kidnappers in Katsina and other states across the federation.Adamu, who was yesterday in Katsina to ascertain the security situation in the state and the entire North West geopolitical zone, said the new disposition followed a marching order from President Muhammadu Buhari. He dropped the hint during an official visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari.


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