- Army commander, police commissioner relocates to troubled zone
Kaduna state government has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the two Local Government Areas (LGAs) where 22 people were killed by gunmen between Sunday night and early hours of Monday.
This is a fellow up to the announcement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, on the relocation of Garrison Commander of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier-General Ismaila Isa, and the state’s Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, to the southern part of the state.
El-Rufai’s Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity), Mr. Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Tuesday, said the curfew was to avoid breakdown of law and order in the affected communities.
The statement read: “Kaduna State Security Council has imposed a 24 hour curfew in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.
The unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, 2017, coordinated invasion of Bakin Kogi, Kaninkon Village in Jemaa LGA and extended it to Kaura LGA the following day.
But the state governor has directed the head of security agencies to relocate to the epicentre of the killings to restore normalcy and prevent the crisis from further escalation.
The Governor, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said the relocation of the army commander and the CP is to enable them coordinate a determined response to renewed attacks by armed bandits on communities in Kaura and Jema’a local government areas.
“This is clearly a wicked, evil and devilish act being perpetrated by enemies of peace and humanity,” he said.
According to El-Rufai, the situation has been brought under control by this afternoon, but security operations continue.
He also extended his condolence to the families of the victims of the renewed Sunday attacks.
The governor assured them that the government is fully committed to securing the area, with the active support of the army and the police.
He added that the two battalions of the army and the 10 mobile police squadrons are engaging the bandits, as the state carries out its obligations to secure the area, protect lives and rout those he described as armed bandits.
He called for support for the army and the security agencies as they work to repel attacks and crush the bandits.
“I also wish to commend our gallant soldiers and police personnel, who are defending our communities. The Kaduna State Government will continue to work assiduously with security agencies towards the protection of life and property,” the governor was quoted to have said.
He continued: “They were repulsed by Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams and Operation Harmony Patrol Teams.
“Further attacks were recorded today in Kaura local government. Fatalities were recorded and some houses were burnt in the attacks.
“I have been in touch with the security agencies and I have been studiously following the situation in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas over the unfortunate attacks.
“I want to, first of all, extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and relations that lost their loved ones and properties in these unfortunate attacks.
“My prayers and support equally goes to citizens that sustained injuries and are traumatised by what they witnessed,” El-Rufai said.