The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has insisted that his administration has done everything within its constitutional powers to bring peace to Southern Kaduna.
El-Rufai who stated this during an address at a security meeting held at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna also said the crisis is “the tragic aftermath of events of June 5, when youths from two communities clashed over farmlands in Zangon-Kataf and the upsurge of violence in the same area that started on June 11.”
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“We answered the decade old demand for a permanent military base by working with the Federal Government to deploy a forward operating base of the Nigerian Army in Kafanchan.
“Our government purchased an estate to provide accommodation for a permanent mobile police squadron in the area. Also deployed in the area are troops from Operation Safe Haven and Nigerian Army Special Forces, complemented by two mobile police squadrons,” El-Rufai said.
However, according to him, “like an unwanted virus, the violence has spread to and has necessitated extraordinary measures in four local government areas in southern Kaduna.”