Buhari Orders Police, Army to End Southern Kaduna Crisis
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Directives have been given to the Nigeria Police and the Army to ensure the clash in Southern Kaduna is brought to an abrupt end.
A statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said the security operatives have been told establish their posts in the region.
President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted to have given instructions for decisive measures aimed at bringing an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
Also, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been ordered to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.
It was disclosed that on the directive of the President, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, was in the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand.
In addition to the conventional policemen deployed in the area, a squadron of mobile policemen has now been stationed there.
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.
Mr Shehu noted that these measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts.
Meanwhile, the President was said to have commended efforts of the state government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence and has once again sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.