The Presidency has said that the problem of insecurity in Southern Kaduna State is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.
In a statement published on Tuesday on its verified twitter handle, the Presidency said that from available records, Southern Kaduna enjoyed comprehensive security deployments, including the Army, Special Forces of both Army and Air Force, surveillance aircraft by Air Force and mobile police units that were on the ground on 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.
It however regretted that unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna was more complicated than many critics were ready to acknowledge and understand.
“From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.
“It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult.
“We note that revenge and counter-revenge only creates a circle of violence, thereby making everyone else unsafe, especially innocent people.
“The Presidency advises the people against taking the law into their own hands which makes the job of security personnel more difficult. Instead, they should report any security breach or threat to peace to the law enforcement agencies.
“What is required is for the local authorities to radically improve their intelligence capabilities so that security agencies will be alerted in a timely manner to enable them forestall any planned attacks.
“The Presidency in the same manner condemns the recent attacks by bandits in Igali, Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of the State while urging security agencies to intensify their response”, the statement said.
Photo: Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.
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