Southern Kaduna: Police Deploys Special Forces, Aerial Surveillance

Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris
Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris

The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Idris, has sent in Police Special Forces to the troubled areas in Southern Kaduna in order to prevent the violence there from further escalating.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Aghole Abeh, told journalists on Wednesday that the IGP has also ordered the Police Air Wing to commence aerial surveillance of the entire area.

Abeh said that the Special Forces were mandated “to flush out the perpetrators of the violence wherever they are and restore peace in the area within the shortest possible time.”

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He also noted that the aerial surveillance “is to detect movement of criminal elements who in most cases are responsible for attacks on remote farm settlements.”

“The police force is determined to deal decisively with any person or group of persons who are either engaged or found to be fuelling the embers of discord,” the Police Commissioner told the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

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He urged citizens of the State to continue to be law-abiding, but also remain watchful and report any suspicious movement or activities likely to breach the peace to the police and other security agencies in the state.

A 24-hour curfew was on Tuesday declared in the two Local Government Areas where renewed violence was recorded in the Southern region of Kaduna State.

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Earlier on Monday, a top Army commander as well as the State’s Commissioner of Police relocated to the areas of crisis in order to oversee security operations, after bandits killed 14 persons in the two local government areas.

Over 200 persons had died in the violence in Southern Kaduna which was mostly between nomadic herdsmen and host communities.