The Presidency has urged residents of Southern Kaduna not to take laws into their hands by revenging attacks by Fulani Militia, rather they should report to security agents.
According to the presidency, the problem of insecurity in Southern Kaduna State is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.
The Presidency in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said from available records Southern Kaduna enjoys comprehensive security deployments, which includes, the Army, Special Forces of both the Army and Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.
The statement further explained that from available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.
The Presidency explained that the southern Kaduna crisis is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult.
The statement noted that revenge and counter-revenge only creates a circle of violence, thereby making everyone else unsafe, especially innocent people.
The Presidency however advised the people against taking laws into their hands, instead they should report any security breach or threat to peace to the law enforcement agencies.
The statement further urge local authorities to radically improve their intelligence capabilities so that security agencies will be alerted in a timely manner to enable them forestall any planned attacks.
The Presidency in the same manner also condemned the recent attacks by bandits in Igali, Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of the State while urging security agencies to intensify their response.