Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state on Wednesday held meeting with Fulani, Adara leaders and state security chiefs to find lasting solution to the incessant attacks in Kajuru communities.
This is the latest in series of meetings between the Kaduna state government and key stakeholders in the Kajuru, Adara and Fulani communities aimed at permanently laying to rest security issues in the area, and ensuring the return of peace to the affected Kajuru communities.
Briefing journalists at the end of the security meeting held in Government House, Kaduna, on Wednesday, Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Umaru Muri, said some suspects were arrested over the recent attacks in Kajuru, while warning Adara, Fulani and other people in the area to stop reprisal attacks.
Muri, further warned both Adara and Fulani to desist from taking laws into their hands, advising Kajuru residents to always report any case to security agencies for prompt action. “We discussed at length last time we met here and today we decided to invite Adara elected and Fulani leaders for this security meeting, with time we will meet with Adara, Fulani, Hausa leaders and other stakeholders to work for peace in the area.
“Reprisal attacks cannot solve the problem and all concerned should desist from it. Both Adara and Fulani have been warned not to take laws into their hands. We made some arrests, i can’t tell the exact numbers but we made arrests over the recent incident in Kajuru community. In no distance time we will have peace in Kajuru,” he said.
Also, speaking, member Federal House of Representatives representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Constituency, Hon. Yakubu Umar Barde, said the people of Kajuru should build confidence among themselves for peaceful coexistence, adding that leaders of the area will continue to preach peace to residents:
“We won’t relent until peace is achieved. Peaceful coexistence and building of confidence among the people is our top priority.”
For member, Kaduna State House of Assembly representing Kajuru, Hon. Samuel Ubankato Tanko, peace was the top priority:
“What we want to achieve now is peaceful coexistence among Adara and Fulani people. It is unfortunate, some people are benefiting from this crisis and they don’t want it to stop. We want both Fulani and Adara, to come together and tackle criminals that are invading our communities,” he said.
A Fulani representative, Alhaji Ahmadu Suleiman, explained that people who are causing problem in Kajuru communities are not from the area, saying that indigenous Fulani are peace loving people:”Those attackers are criminals and can be from any tribe.”
The security meeting was chaired by Governor Nasir el-Rufai, with Speaker Kaduna state House of Assembly, Hon. Yusuf Zailani, Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, Member House of Representatives, representing Chikun/Kajuru, Hon. Umar Barde, leaders of Adara, Fulani communities, security chiefs in Kaduna state, and other top government officials in attendance.