Nigerian Senate meets el-Rufai over Southern Kaduna killings

The Senate Ad hoc Committee on Southern Kaduna crisis on Tuesday met with the Governor Nasir el-Rufai over the killings in the southern part of the state.
El Rufai

The meeting, which was held at the new chamber of the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, lasted for hours and went into an executive session.

Led by its Chairman, Kabir Gaya from Kano South Senatorial District, el-Rufai told the lawmakers that no one that had hands in the circumstances leading to the spilling of innocent blood  in the area, would be spared.

He  said a number of suspects had been arrested by security agencies and more would soon be picked up, noting that the inability of past governments to prosecute offenders had led to the continued killings in the southern part of the state.

El-Rufai added that he would do the needful to ensure the speedy formation of two battalions of the Nigerian Army to be located in Kachia and Kafanchan, all in the troubled areas of Southern Kaduna.

This way, the restiveness in the area, according to him, will be minimised.

He said, “When we came in, we met three main problems on the ground, cattle rustling, urban gang and communal killings.  I will do whatever it takes to deploy resources to facilitate the take-off of the proposed military garrison in Southern Kaduna

“I am the governor of Kaduna State, if you break the law you will be punished, the entire Kaduna city has been divided and there is a need to regain the confidence of the people and enhance unity once again.

”The reasons Southern Kaduna crisis has continued unabated is because those involved have neither been punished nor prosecuted in the last 35 years.”

This is just as the governor lamented that as the chief security officer of the state, he had no control over security agencies in the state.

He told the lawmakers that despite the fact that the security agencies were under the control of  the Federal Government, his administration had spent about  N4bn on the various security outfits in the state.

He maintained that though security remained the responsibility of the Federal Government, the state would continue to support the security agencies  in the state to ensure peace and stability.

Source: Punchng

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