20,000 persons killed in Kaduna – El-Rufai

by on January 19, 2017

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, says no fewer than 20,000 persons have been killed in various crises recorded in the state since 1980, asserting that enforce­ment of the law and pros­ecution of perpetrators re­main the solution to killings with impunity in the state.

He stated this on Tuesday when he received a delega­tion of the executive team of the Nigerian Bar Associ­ation, NBA, who paid him a solidarity visit at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Ka­duna.

The delegation was led by the NBA President, Abuba­kar Mahmoud SAN, first Vice-President, Caleb Da­jan, national executive members and other promi­nent lawyers in the state.

El-Rufai informed the lawyers that aside the Jus­tice Benedict Okadigbo Tri­bunal on the 1992 Zango-Kataf Religious Crisis, no government had prosecut­ed anybody over their in­volvement in various crises in the state.

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He then vowed to pros­ecute all those found to be behind the recent killings in the three local government areas of Jema’a, Zango-Kataf and Kaura.

The Governor disclosed that a number of arrests had been made, assuring that more people in connection with the crises would soon be picked up.

According to him, “Since 1980, about 10,000 to 20,000 were killed in Kaduna State during crises and govern­ment did not prosecute any­body. We are determined to end the killings in Kaduna. Henceforth, the law will ful­ly apply without fear or fa­vour.

“We have made some arrests and you will be shocked to see the calibre of perpetrators that we are go­ing to prosecute. No matter how highly-placed the per­son is, we will bring him or her to face the full wrath of the law, to serve as deterrent to others who may want to sponsor crisis.

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“Some of the things you are hearing are not true. Some people have made up their minds to spread hatred and falsehood especially in the media. We thank you for your visit to Kaduna. Don’t stop at Kafanchan, go to communities to see things for yourself and also inter­act with all the stakeholders to have correct and accurate facts. By doing so, your del­egation will know the truth.

“Let me correct this im­pression, it is not the entire Southern Kaduna that is un­der attacks, we have prob­lem in three local govern­ment areas but crisis in the areas have been brought un­der control,” El-Rufai stated.

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Speaking earlier, the NBA President explained that he led the delegation to ex­press the concern of lawyers about the crisis, and show solidarity with the state over the killings in Southern Ka­duna.

“The objective of our vis­it this morning is the issue of some of the recent hap­penings in some of the local governments in the south­ern part of the state. We are concerned because of the level of violence and listen­ing to our colleagues, we understand that the scale of violence has really been unprecedented,” Mahmud said.

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