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by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna State Peace Commission (KAPECOM) says there were several interventions in five local government areas of Kaduna State on conflicts resolution and interventions.
The Commission said the interventions were conducted in collaboration with sister MDAs in the state on various threats to peaceful coexistence among the diverse communities.
Chairman of the Commission, Arch. Bishop Idowu- Farron, disclosed this, while briefing journalists on the commission’s peaceful and harmonious coexistence in the state on Tuesday.
Represented by the Vice Chairman, Dr. Sale B. Momale, the chairman noted that, even though, the ‘Early Warning Early Response System’ set up in the Commission were not optimally utilized, it has helped in identifying the threats to peace.
He said, “In collaboration with sister MDAs in the state, the Commission has faced head-on, the various threats to peaceful coexistence among the diverse communities. In this pursuit, there were several interventions to resolve the conflicts in parts of Zangon Kataf, Kaura, Kauru, Jema’a and Kajuru Local Government Areas.
“The Early Warning Early Response System set up in the Commission, even though not optimally utilized, has helped in identifying the threats to peace,” he stated.
Similarly, he said the active collaboration between the Commission and security
agencies, especially the Nigerian Police, Department of State Services and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, have resulted in effective prevention of violent conflicts.
He also said the Commission is optimistic that the ongoing dialogues and peace processes in Atyap, Chawai, Piriga, Kumana, Afan-Takad, Zikpak and Nikyob Chiefdoms will soon restore these areas on the path of sustainable peace.
“Furthermore, the periodic conflicts in some communities of Sanga, Jema’a, Kauru, Kajuru and Igabi Local Government Areas are being addressed through dialogue and
engagements with key community gatekeepers,” he added.
While he stressed the importance of the forthcoming campaigns towards the 2023 general elections and the National Population and Housing Census, the chairman strongly appealed to citizens of Kaduna State to ensure that the processes are free from all forms of intimidation and violent actions.
He said, while noting the difficulties associated with controlling the nefarious activities of armed groups, it is pertinent to call on Nigerian state to devote sufficient
financial resources, technology and human capital to bring these activities to an end.
“In this pursuit, gaining the confidence and cooperation of law-abiding Nigerians is critical and this is best achieved, if the Nigerian security agencies mobilize the citizenry, for effective participation,” the Commission chairman noted.
He, therefore, appealed to the security agencies to leverage on the experience and expertise of the Kaduna State Peace Commission to mobilize citizens in the ongoing effort to prevent and bring to an end the menace of violent crimes.
Earlier, he acknowledged challenges of insecurities witnessed by the state in maintaining law and order that has been worsened by criminal activities associated with ranging of villages, kidnapping for ransoms, attacks on security operatives and critical infrastructure, cattle rustling and other violence crimes in 2022.