Government has deployed more soldiers to southern Kaduna after another six persons were reportedly killed on Christmas Eve by unknown gunmen at Ungwan Mailafiya community, a day after an attack left four people dead by unknown gunmen at Nimdem community within the same Jemaa local government.
The senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El Rufai on media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan who confirmed the attack through a statement issued on Christmas day noted that the Kaduna state government is “saddened by the latest developments which amount to serious threats to the lives and safety of peace-loving citizens.
“Citizens are encouraged to report any threat to peace, law and order within the Kaduna South Senatorial district to the officials of Operation Safe Haven, the special security task force in the area, on the following numbers:b08021212139, 08149000091, 08090498333 and 08074633336.
Government commiserates with the victims and their families. All our communities are enjoined to stand together, and support the security agencies to thwart what looks like a predetermined plot to create anarchy around this period.
This has clearly failed, and we enjoin all citizens to put hands together to deny the criminals any opportunity of succeeding in their evil plans.
“The government notes the commendable efforts of community leaders in the wake of the Nimdem attacks, and urges continued engagements to prevent escalation.
“These efforts of the community leaders reflect a deep desire for peace, which needs to be sustained in order to collectively deter those who wish to spread hostility and divide our communities. The government is assured that the security agencies will continue to pursue the criminal elements who perpetrated this act and their sponsors” the statement noted.
However, to contain the seeming escalation of attacks in the last few days, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, has temporarily moved to Kafanchan to coordinate the operation.
According to him, “the state government has been working with security agencies to fortify the general area, to deter escalation and reassure citizens of their safety.”
The Commander of Operation Safe Haven further confirmed that more assets are being deployed to the southern Kaduna area.