President Muhammadu Buhari orders end to violence in Southern Kaduna

Agency reports

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies to bring an end to the lingering acts of violence and destruction in the southern part of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria.

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The president spoke through his media aide, Garba Shehu.

Shehu noted that the police IG, Ibrahim Idris, is already in the area, to assess the situation. But he said in addition to the conventional policemen deployed to the area, a squadron of mobile policemen have now been stationed there to ensure law and order.

According to Shehu, the Nigerian Army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna. He noted that the military is already carrying out air surveillance across flash points of the area.

Military also involved

“President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.

“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts,’’ he added.

He said the President condoled with the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.