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Southern Kaduna crisis: CAN meets Elrufai, security agencies

The meeting was attended by Governor Nasir Elrufai, security agencies, the State Deputy governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Speaker of Kaduna state house of Assembly, for Kaduna State Deputy governor, Mr Barnabas Bala Bantex among others Photo: Aminu Dalhatu

Christian Association of Nigeria has expressed it’s readiness to partner with Kaduna state government, security agents and other Stakeholders in finding a lasting solution to the lingering southern Kaduna crisis.

The National President of the Association, Reverend Samson Ayokunle stated this at a meeting with Governor Nasiru Elrufai and security agencies on the issue of continue crisis in southern part of the state held at government house Kaduna.

Reverend Ayokunle emphasized the need for a round table discussion and pledge CAN’s cooperation with relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

According to him, every provocative statement over the matter should be avoided, called for deployment of technology by security agents to apprehend criminals in their hideouts, including mercenaries that may be coming from other states.

He however promised to involve all the meaningful councils especially the Nigeria Interreligious council and the Sultan of Sokoto to bring the leaders of the affected communities to a round table discussion in bring an end to the crisis.

Governor Nasir Elrufai

The governor of Kaduna State Malam Nasiru Elrufai told the delegation that the state government and security agencies have been working assiduously to contain an upsurge in violence and needless killings in parts of the state.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives in a totally unnecessary frenzy of communal attacks, reprisals and revenge. While we mourn the dead, our immediate focus remains to stop the cycle of attacks and reprisals. We remain committed to ending the legacy of violence that has blighted the state for 40 years, needlessly taken many lives and curtailed the life chances of others” Elrufai said.

He pointed out that, as part solution to the problem, the government has initiated a White Paper process on the reports of the 1992 Justice Rahila Cudjoe Commission of Inquiry and the 1995 AVM Usman Muazu Peace and Reconciliation Committee to address the procrastination of past governments on the disputed land and other key recommendation.

Elrufai said government is expecting the committee drafting the White Paper to submit it report shortly.

The Governor maintained that, government would continue to support the security agencies to restore calm in the affected communities, stressing that, over the last five years, the state government had invested heavily in the security sector.

We have consistently provided vehicles and other logistics support to the security agencies that are deployed in the state. We are also addressing the technology side of security, through the procurement of drones, the award of contracts to install CCTVs in phases in Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria metropolitan areas, build a command and control centre and establish a forensic laboratory”

Elrufai further stated that, he had listened very carefully to the recommendations and 8-point requests by Reverend Dr. Samson Ayokunle, stressing that, some of his recommendations are already being implemented.

Deputy Governor Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe said Kaduna state government is open and ready to work with any individual or group in finding resolution to the lingering crisis.

The meeting was attended by security agencies, the State Deputy governor Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Speaker of Kaduna state house of Assembly, for Kaduna State Deputy governor, Mr Barnabas Bala Bantex among others .

AMINU DALHATU

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