Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has stated that his government is set to respond positively the persistent demand to have a military base in southern Kaduna in addition to two mobile police squadrons, in a move to secure the area.
The governor disclosed this in a media chat, saying that insecurity in the state has always been the handiwork of criminal elements that have been killing, kidnapping people and rustling cattle the entire North West.
He said attacks by bandits are not localised to a single part of the state, since “these criminals attack people irrespective of their religion or ethnicity and they have been perpetrating their reign of terror in Giwa, Birnin Gwari and parts of Igabi local government.’’
He explained further that the bandits operate mostly in Katsina, Zamfara and Niger states and their attacks in those states are seen and reported as criminal activity, but these same attacks are perceived differently when they occur in southern Kaduna and are invested with ethno-religious colorations.
He quoted security reports as showing that youths from the affected communities have often responded by mobilising to attack Fulani communities in their area whose members share the same ethnicity with the presumed bandits, even though many Fulani communities are also themselves victims of the bandits, in Kaduna State and elsewhere.
He said the problem is worsened by the response of Fulani communities who often resort to self-help when they are attacked, neglecting to report to traditional authorities or security agents to resolve the matter, opting instead for revenge.
“This is how the cycle of attacks, revenge and reprisals occurs in southern Kaduna,’’ he said.