At Last, President Buhari Wades Into Southern Kaduna Mayhem
ASO VILLA REPORTS: – President Muhammadu Buhari has, over the past week, 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.
On the directive of President Buhari, the Inspector-General of Police was in the region on Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 31/Jan. 1) 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.
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.
The President commended efforts of the state government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence.
President Buhari has, once again, sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.
ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE: ASO VILLA DOUSES TENSION
Following an incident involving accidental gun discharge in the State House on Wednesday (Jan. 4), the Presidency wishes to reassure all Nigerians and foreigners of the safety of the seat of power in the country.
According to the reports received so far, the security official involved is not attached to the State House. Rather, he came on invitation as a witness in an ongoing investigation and was required, as is the rule, to surrender his weapon at the gates before entry.
It was in the process of conducting the normal safety precaution as professionally required that the pistol accidentally fired.
Unfortunately, the security operative and the lady by his side, a caterer in the State House, were hit by a pellet of the bullet.
Both of them were attended to at the clinic and discharged.
By GARBA SHEHU, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity)