John Shiklam in Kaduna
The Kaduna State Government has directed security agencies to take drastic actions to forestall the increasing incidents of attacks and counter attacks in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of the state.
The directive was contained in a statement the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan issued yesterday, asking the security agencies to end violence in the region.
The statement said the state government was worried over happenings in the chiefdom in the past one week.
It, also, noted with increasing concern the sequence of violent incidents, attacks and counter-attacks in Atyap Chiefdom of Zangon Kataf local government area over the past week.
According to the statement, it is very disturbing that groups opposed to peaceful coexistence are perpetuating violence against innocent citizens which has assumed very worrisome dimensions.
The statement assured the peace-loving people in the affected communities and the state at large of its commitment to law and order.
The statement said: “In furtherance of this, the government has directed security agencies to take drastic actions to forestall any recurrence of violence.
“Search-and-rescue operations by troops and police are in progress to protect lives and properties, rescue missing citizens and apprehend the perpetrators of violence.
“Amidst the grim situation, it is clear that the vast majority of the citizens from all the ethnic groups in the area sincerely desire, and are working for peace.
“These men and women have stood out as shining examples of resistance to the violent actions of few criminals and people of ill-will.
“The government of Kaduna state commends their exemplary action and appeals to them to continue their sacrificial work, until we collectively triumph over the forces of darkness.”
The statement said further that the government was working with security agencies to ensure thorough investigation of all incidents of violence in the area with a view to identifying the perpetrators for arrest and prosecution.
It said, “Governor Nasir El-Rufai has called on community leaders to de-escalate tensions and actively ramp up efforts for peaceful coexistence in the area, to enable the success of these processes without disruption.
“The Kaduna State Government also appeals to men and women of goodwill to join this campaign, and dominate the area with the message of peace and togetherness.
“The government remains open to collaboration towards this end; citizens may volunteer useful information on the Operations Room emergency lines 09034000060 and 08170189999.”