…Condoles victims’ families killed by bandits.
…Warns against blocking of roads.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday reportedly paid a confidence-building visit to communities affected by bandit attacks around Kaduna-Abuja Road in Chikun LGA, and warned them against the danger of blocking highway.
“The governor, who was accompanied by Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani, was at Sabon Gayan and Kakau areas where he interacted with citizens,” security update statement by the state Internal Security and Home Affairs commissioner, Mr Samuel Aruwan, has stated.
“The governor was received at the Kaduna-Abuja Road by the Force Commander (Operation Thunder Strike), Lt. Col. MH Abdullahi, and briefed on the security situation in the general area and specifically on the barricading of the road by citizens, following the bandit attacks.
“After ensuring accelerated flow of traffic, the governor held a meeting at Kakau community, which was attended by the village head, Mr. Iliya Garba Zarmai, and members of the community.
“The governor condoled with the communities across the state where citizens were killed within the last one week, and assured them of the state government’s commitment to security of lives and property. He added that the government was aware of their plights, as conveyed in daily security reports from action agencies.
“The governor further assured the residents that the government is working resolutely, round-the-clock, with security agencies, in addressing the menace.
“The governor warned against blocking of roads, a practice he described as detrimental to the activities of innocent citizens whose movement is forced to a halt. He stressed that such actions would offer no solution, but only create panic and further breakdown of law and order.
“Furthermore, within the last one week, from Monday 14th to Friday 18th June 2021, security agencies reported to the Kaduna State Government several incidences of attacks by armed bandits, which left some citizens dead in Kakau, Damba-Kasaya, Kankomi, Kajuru Town, Idasu, Karaukarau, and Sobawa villages in Chikun, Igabi, Giwa and Kajuru local government areas.”
It stated that, “Governor El-Rufai has sent condolences to their families and prayed for the repose of their souls.”
It would be recalled that Kakau community recently blocked Kaduna-Abuja expressway during protest against incessant attacks, kidnapping and killings by bandits.
Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) had, however, consistently decried that Governor Nasir El-Rufai refused to visit the people in the area despite bandits’ invasion and killings.