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INSECURITY: Kaduna to relocate 3 communities on Abuja-Kaduna highway

…Says, 360 died in 1st quarter of 2022; 10 rapped, 3251 animals rustled. 

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Kaduna State Government has revealed of its plans to relocate three communities along Abuja–Kaduna highway over alleged ‘connivance with bandits’ to carry attacks on motorists plying the road.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai made the remarks last week, while receiving the first quarter security report of this year held at Government House Kaduna.

Malam Nasir El-Rufai expressed concern that the security report continued to mention the three communities of Rijana, Katari and Akilogu axis, especially when bandits carried attacks along the highway.

According to him, Kaduna State Government is exploring the measures to take on the three settlements, adding that, it is either to relocate them to near Kagarko or to clear the entire settlement but “wants Security Council to deliberate on that to look at the options.”

Governor El-Rufai added that, it was very clear, there were higher level of informants and criminals in the locations, and noted that, the problem of insecurity had moved from the Northeast to the Northwest region of the country.

He said the situation in the Northwest is far more serious and dangerous than ever happened in the Northeast, and called on military and security agencies to take notice of that before it goes out of control.

He stated that, it was unfortunate, despite several efforts to stem criminality in the state, the levels were still a source of concern.

According to the governor, the presentation of the security report has brought out new emerging concerns that he wants the Security Council to take note with a view to discuss and proffer suggestions.

The governor also expressed concern over high rate of drug abuse in the state. He, however, commended traditional and religious leaders as well as NDLEA for their efforts aimed at addressing the problem of drug abuse.

“I think we should give KASUPDA very clear directive that, any building or patent store selling hard drugs should be shutdown and the building acquired by the government and demolished.

“I think the Attorney-General can advise either we can legally do this, but I think we have to take drastic action, because related to every form of criminality, from the banditry to terrorism to any other crime, you can see drugs play a major role,” he said.

While presenting the report, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, explained that the report covered banditry and terrorism, kidnapping, rape perpetrated by armed bandits, cattle rustling, communal and inter-ethnic clashes, violet attacks and reprisal.

Aruwan noted that, 360 persons died within the first quarter of the this year as a result of bandits’ attacks and other clashes, stressing that, Kaduna Central recorded the highest casualties with 214 deaths.

Mr Aruwan said 1389 people were kidnapped during the period, while Kaduna Central Senatorial District recorded 1083, and Southern Kaduna recorded 249 kidnapped cases.

According to him, 10 persons were reported to have been raped by bandits across the state, from January to March this year.

The Commissioner also revealed that, 258 citizens were injured across the state due to banditry, terrorism and violent attacks, among others. He also disclosed that, 3251 animals were rustled in the first quarter, with 3137 stolen from Kaduna Central.

The report also indicated that, gun runners were intercepted and arrested with 18 AK-47 rifles, seven Sub-machine guns, five pump action rifles and nine revolvers, as well as 22 AK-47 magazines, 5 pump action cartridges and 1195 rounds of live ammunition.

He added that, more intensive engagements have been initiated towards mitigating the threat of terrorism elements.

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