The Kaduna State Government on Sunday, received briefs from security agencies stationed in Giwa, Igabi, Chikun, Kauru and Kajuru LGAs, of bandit attacks which resulted in the deaths and kidnap of some persons.
According to a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, the attacks are actions of criminality and sheer evil, which stand condemned by the government under the leadership of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The Governor received briefs on the situations in Kidandan, Rigachikun, Kuyanbana, Buruku general area and also Buda, within the five LGAs listed, and consoled with families who lost their loved ones in the attacks.
Aruwan quoted the El-Rufai as saying: “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.”
Similarly, the governor has also been briefed on a peace pact between 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, 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 is another significant step in advancing the ongoing peace building efforts in the southern Kaduna general area of the State.