We Won’t Tolerate Thuggery In Kaduna – Police

Police, Agyole Abeh, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Police Command has warned politicians to desist from hiring political thugs or getting involved in any activity that will cause violence and disorder in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state Mr Agyole Abeh gave the warning while assuring the public that the violence that occurred during a press briefing by some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) would be investigated.

APC Congress: El-Rufai Condemns Violence In Kaduna

“Thuggery is an offence against the laws of this land because the act of thuggery is tampering with the liberty of others and it won’t be tolerated. We are fully prepared to deal decisively with this group of persons who want to interfere with the peaceful [atmosphere in the state].

According to the Police Commissioner, the Command has put in place measures to deal with anybody caught trying to cause public disorder within the state.

He asked all political parties and politicians to play by the rules and to always seek police clearance and protection before holding their meetings in order to forestall a reoccurrence of such incident.

“The two factions almost took the law into their hands and we had to intervene to ensure that peace is restored. As regards the officer that was accused, we do not condone such act and if it has been verified and confirmed, he will be adequately sanctioned.I have set in motion to processes to determine his level of involvement and if he’s involved, he will be dealt with”.

“I have set in motion to processes to determine his level of involvement and if he’s involved, he will be dealt with,” Mr Abeh affirmed.

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And Motorcycle

Kaduna Bans Street Hawking, Begging And MotorcycleThe Kaduna State Government has placed a ban on street hawking and begging, as well as commercial motorcycle activities in the state capital and environs.

This is the outcome of resolutions reached at the State Security Council meeting held on Tuesday at the Government House.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Samuel Aruwan, said the decision was reached so as to maintain law and order in the state, based on credible intelligence report of security threat to lives and properties.

He explained that the ban was with immediate effect and will remain in force till further notice, while asking the citizens to be law abiding, that is abide by this and other government directives.

“Kaduna State Security Council has announced the enforcement of subsisting restrictions on begging, street hawking and usage of motorcycles for commercial transport in Kaduna metropolis and other urban centres in the state.

“Credible reports at the disposal of security agencies have made it necessary to begin vigorous enforcement of the laws against street begging, hawking and the illegal business of motorcycle taxis, as well as safeguard lives and property.

“Law enforcement agencies have been directed to begin enforcement of the restrictions against begging, street hawking and Okadas/Achabas in Kaduna town and other cities in the state.

“The directive is with immediate effect and is based on cogent security concerns and the need to uphold law and order in the state.

“Citizens are urged to cooperate with the security agencies as they enforce the relevant laws; the directive is clear.

“No motorcycle is allowed to carry any passenger. Beggars and hawkers are also reminded by this notice to leave the streets, please,” the Governor’s spokesman urged.

The State Security Council meeting, which is usually chaired by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, and attended by his deputy, Heads of Security Agencies and traditional rulers in the state, is to appraise the security situation in Kaduna State.

The meeting deliberated on the situation report on Southern Kaduna where many attacks occurred in several communities which took a toll on lives and properties.

The Nigerian Air Force said it has increased air surveillance in Southern Kaduna and has also deployed 60 Special Forces to compliment the ongoing military operations aimed at restoring peace and security in the area.

The Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, on his part said security operatives have taken the war against armed bandits into the forest where they are hiding, and some suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.

“Prior to our relocation to the place, you are already aware that the Commanders were directed to move to Kafanchan to ensure that peace returns to the area and today, we are happy to tell you that we have been able to restore peace to Kafanchan and environs.

“We are going to sustain this effort and we are appealing to members of the community too to assist us in achieving this objective.

“However, in recent time, we have been confronted with other problems regarding the crisis in Southern Kaduna, like I earlier said in the previous briefing that some people are actually fueling these crises.

“We have made arrest of people who write letters that are intended to incite people against one another. To say that, it has been written that an attack will be carried out in communities.

“We investigated some of these letters and we made arrest of persons, which in due time, we will parade before you so that you will see that some of these inciting speeches and letters are actually not even done by the perpetrators of the acts.

“We assure that we are going to continue to bring about law and order in that part of the state, with the efforts of the communities.

“As long as they want peace to reign, they must contribute their quota to try as much as possible to speak to the youths who are the principal actors in this violence, because the only way to peace is for the people themselves to be prepared to embrace peace, accommodate themselves and live together,” the Police Commissioner said.

Also, the Commander One Division Garrison, Brigadier General Samaila Isah, revealed that as part of the efforts in sustaining the peace in Southern Kaduna, the Nigerian Army would embark on a major exercise called ‘Exercise Harbin Kunama’ in the area.

On his part, the State Director of the Department of State Services, Mohammed Wakili, urged the public to ignore inciting messages from the social and traditional media, aimed at fueling the crisis in Southern Kaduna.

The Kaduna State Government said it was working with Federal Security Agencies that are taking proactive measures to flush out armed bandits and other criminal elements from every part of the state, especially now that the state is going to witness influx of people through the Kaduna Airport.

Police Boss Accuses Natives of Exagerating Southern Kaduna Violence

Police Inspector Allegedly Kills Man Two Days To His WeddingThe Kaduna state commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, says the fresh violence that led to the death of some people in two Local Government Areas in the southern part of the state, is as a result of attacks and reprisals following the killing of some Fulani herdsmen in the area.

He also accused some communities in Southern Kaduna of mischief and benefitting from the crisis, hence they do not want it to end.

He made this known while addressing journalists at the area command headquarters in Kafanchan after visiting some of the affected communities.

The attack occurred on February 19, 2017 in Dakin Kogi, Jema’a Local Government Area while another occurred the next day in Kaura Local Government Area.

The attack was said to be carried out by suspected herdsmen who stormed the communities and opened fire on the people.

During the attack, lives were lost including two policemen and properties were destroyed while the people still live in fear.

The police commissioner and the Garrison Commander of One Division Nigerian Army were on a fact finding visit to the two local governments where the recent attacks occurred.

They also visited Goska and Dongoma, both in Jema’a Local Government where attacks occurred in December.

The purpose of the visit is to assess the progress of operations by troops and to also talk with the parties concerned.

The Police boss says the his men would take all lawful action to ensure security of Southern Kaduna and that some of the recent attacks are isolated incidents that are being curtailed.

He therefore appealed to the communities on the need to accept peace as the only way to end the crisis.

“Some of the communities are mischief makers, they are beneficiaries of the crisis because for one reason or the other they want to misinform the world.

“We are not taking sides in our operation. We are paid by the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we are committed to sustain peace in the communities”.

On his part, the Garrison commander debunks allegation that security operatives did not respond to distress calls on time when the attackers came.

“Our mandate is to bring peace and order in the affected communities,” he said.

He frowned at hate speech among some communities and said the police would deal with anyone fueling the crisis.

“The issue of people killed, houses burnt are all exaggerated. The crisis in Southern Kaduna is about attacks and reprisal attacks that are escalating the crisis. But the security operatives are on top of the situation.”

Deadly clashes between herdsmen and farmers in southern Kaduna have claimed many lives and displaced many families.

Most of the communities had been destroyed and burnt down, while socio-economic activities were equally affected.

Police Arrest Five Suspected Masterminds of Southern Kaduna Attacks

Police Arrest Five Suspected Masterminds of Southern Kaduna AttacksThe Kaduna Police Command has arrested five gunmen for alleged involvement in the attacks in southern part of the state.

The state Commissioner of Police, Agyole Abeh, while parading them before journalists, said that the suspects were intercepted by his men following intelligence report that they were planning to attack a village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state.

He announced that two AK-47 rifles, one locally made pistol and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects.

He gave the reassurance that the command would not relent in its effort to arrest the masterminds of the southern Kaduna attack with a view to bringing them to justice.

Some of the suspects claimed that they were innocent of the crime they were accused of.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on Zagon Kataf to 12 hours.