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Tension in Kajuru as bandits kill 3 in renewed attack

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Tension has gripped communities in Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna state following renewed  attack which led to the killing of three people on Saturday. It was learnt that gunmen, numbering eight, riding on motorcycles, invaded Chikwari village on Saturday at about 5:00pm and opened  fire on the villagers, killing three people.  The bandits were said to have  fled on their bikes immediately after the attack. The incident was said to have fueled tension and suspicion among the Adara indigenous ethnic group and the Fulani. Sources said the latest incident was one of several attacks on communities in Kajuru which is barely recovering from bloody communal clashes that ravaged the area in early 2019. Condemning the incident, Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, warned communities against resorting to self-help  to settle scores. Speaking at a security engagement with the people of the area on Sunday in Kajuru, Aruwan urged them to always follow the law to settle grievances and not engage in jungle justice.”If  Fulani while grazing come under attack, they must not take the laws into their hands, but rather they must recourse to the law and government. “Similarly, should Adara, in the course of farming and other activities come under attack, they must recourse to the law and not engage in jungle justice. This is not a banana republic”, Aruwan said. 
He warned that “security operatives are working round the clock and will not waver for a second should anyone be found wanting in the unfortunate situation we find ourselves.’’
Aruwan  said, “as a government, we will not shy away from confronting threats to peace, law and order. “We will also not shy away from taking hard decisions that will better common good and public interest”. 
According to the commissioner, as a “government working for the peace, security, unity and progress of Kaduna State, we will not toy with our constitutional and statutory responsibility”.
He said further that the state government and security agencies have been doing their best to stem the tide of the incessant bloodshed  in Kajuru local government.
‘’As a serious minded government, together with the security agencies, we have had cause to meet with the Adara and Fulani youths, District Head, Ward Heads and Ardos at different meetings to appeal for peace and restraint from self-help,’’ he said.
The commissioner said, “from security reports and intelligence gathering, bad eggs are everywhere and responsible for our predicaments. “We must work hard to free our humanity from the clutches of evil-minded individuals who want violence and killings to be entrenched in our communities.”There is no justification for killings and maiming people on their farms or homes. People in their huts or while grazing are attacked and killed for no reasons but sheer cruelty and evil.”We must rise and support government and security agencies in tackling this unwholesome trend.
‘’What we are experiencing here is inhumanity perpetrated by criminals, and criminals must not be shielded with religious and ethnic identities.”They must be identified as criminals and treated as such via retribution as contained in the law. “Criminality is not related to religion, ethnicity or any affiliations but is simply borne out wicked intentions of the villainous elements amongst us”.

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