- Governor El-Rufai has assured the people of Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna more presence of military personnel
- El-Rufai said that as its resolve to curb the incessant killings, the Nigerian Army will station a permanent army battalion in the region
- He said his government is concerned about the development and has been deliberating with the presidency on how best to address it
As a way to curb and completely end the activities of bandits in Birnin-Gwari a recently attacked region in Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai has said that the Nigerian Army will station a permanent army battalion around the area.
Samuel Aruwan, spokesperson to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said in a statement that the state government is bothered about the rampant killings and is deliberating with the federal government to deal with the issue, Premium Times reports.
Aruwan said: “The Kaduna State Government has received with sadness reports of the murder of our citizens by armed bandits in Birnin Gwari. The government has sent a message of condolence to the people of Birnin Gwari Emirate.
“Kaduna State Government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government.
“The engagements between the state and federal governments have yielded results. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a permanent battalion of the Nigerian Army in the Birnin Gwari general area.
“The new security arrangements also involve policing. The Inspector General of Police has already announced the creation of the Birnin Gwari Police Area Command and two new Divisional Police Headquarters.
“The State Emergency Management Agency, has also been directed to provide relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that less than one week after the massacre of local miners at Janruwa village, in Birnin-Gwari local government area of the state, 27 people were killed in another attack in Gwaska village on Saturday, May 5.
NAIJ.com gathered that armed bandits from neighbouring Zamfara state, encircled Gwaska up to Kuiga village around 2.30pm, shooting sporadically and killing people mostly children.
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