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 Kill 6 Robbery Suspects In Kaduna, Recover Stolen Cows

policeThe Kaduna State Police Command says it has killed six suspected notorious armed robbers that have been terrorising residents since the beginning of the year.     

The command also paraded 15 suspects alleged to have been involved in criminal activities, ranging from armed robbery, gun running and car snatching.

Parading the suspects before reporters at the command’s headquarters on Friday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Umar Shehu, said the suspects were arrested at different locations during a gun battle with policemen.

The suspects include a three-man robbery syndicate which specialises in using police and military uniforms to rob motorists on the highway.

Among these suspects was a dismissed police officer believed to have provided the uniforms for the criminals.

The parade of these suspected robbers is another breakthrough in crime prevention recorded by the Kaduna State Police Command since the beginning of this year.

While responding to reporters questions, the former police officer dismissed from the Police in Kano State in 2008 denied being a member of the gang. Although he accepted to know the other suspects, he also denied using police uniform to rob people.

Speaking on other arrests made by his men, the Police Commissioner disclosed  that the command’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad also smashed a robbery gang that terrorises motorists along Kaduna-Abuja road.

The Police said a member of the gang was killed during a fierce gun battle.

Mr Shehu said that during interrogations, some of the suspects confessed that they were members of gang of armed robbers that have been terrorising residents of Barnawa, Kakuri and Sabon-Tasha all within the state capital.

Items recovered from the suspects include Ak47 rifles, locally and English made pistols, live ammunition, one stolen Toyota Camry Vehicle, Phones, Army camouflage and Police uniforms and charms among others.

The police boss said the suspects were still under investigation and would be tried once investigations were concluded.

Mr Shehu also told reporters that over 293 stolen cows were also recovered from rustlers during a raid by men of the Operation Yaki Patrol Team at Gwagwada and other parts of the state.