Buhari breaks silence on Southern Kaduna, orders army to stop killings

Chidi Samuel

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies in the country to end without delay to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the southern part of Kaduna State.

The Presidents directive is contained in a statement issued  by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

According to Shehu, it was based on the Presidents directive that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, visited Southern Kaduna on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation and a squadron of mobile policemen stationed there to ensure law and order.

The Presidential spokesman also said that the Nigerian army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna, while the military continues to carry out air surveillance across flash points of the area.

In his words, “President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.

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“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts,’’ he stated in the statement.