Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has announced the arrest of some of the perpetrators of the various violent attacks that claimed several lives in the southern part of the state.
El-Rufai revealed names of the arrested suspects during a visit to the office of the State Commissioner of Police, Agyle Abeh.
He vowed that the state government would make sure that all those involved in the attacks were brought to justice.
The governor also said that acts of criminality and lawlessness would never be condoned.
He called on citizens of the state to embrace peace and tolerate one another for the interest of peace and development.
Earlier, the Kaduna Police paraded some of the suspects before the governor, noting that their offences range from involvement in Southern Kaduna violence to armed robbery and kidnapping.
Abeh assured the governor as well as the entire Kaduna citizens that the State’s police command would continue to work towards flushing criminals out of the state and returning normalcy to all troubled areas.
Meanwhile, Muslim clerics under the aegis of Council of Imams and Ulamas have called for the arrests of some people whom the council accuses of making inflammatory statements and instigating the recent Southern Kaduna crisis.
Among the people the clerics want arrested are the Senator representing Kaduna South in the National Assembly, Danjuma Laah; the member representing Zangon Kataf/Java Federal Constituency, Sunday Marshall Katung; the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Samson Ayokunle, and the President of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Musa Solomon.
Addressing journalists on state of affairs in Southern Kaduna, the Chairman of the Imams and Ulamas, Abubakar Babatunde, blamed the individuals for urging “their people to take up arms to defend themselves” instead of doing something to prevent the crisis “until the worse had happened.”
Babatunde said the political and religious leaders should be held responsible for allowing the violence to “degenerate into the senseless and merciless massacre of Hausa/Fulani Muslims in that area.”