Southern Kaduna: Army base foundation structure attacked

Attacked Army base foundation structure [Photo Credit: Facebook | Samuel Aruwan]

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has expressed shock over the destruction of a foundation laying structure of the proposed Nigerian Army Battalion in Southern Kaduna.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, and Governor El-Rufai had penultimate Saturday, laid the foundation for the establishment of the battalion at Ungwan Yashi area of Zangon Kataf local government as a response to the incessant killings occurring in Southern Kaduna since 1980.

The Nigerian Army School of Artillery in Kachia Local Government Area of the state had been the military formation in Southern Kaduna.

Mr. El-Rufai described the situation as “unfortunate”, and said the attack by unknown persons “further confirms that the conflict entrepreneurs are determined to continue to create obstacles and setback to our stabilization and peace building efforts.”

In a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, the governor said he received the news with shock.

“The situation is unfortunate, condemnable and a setback to the government’s communal stabilization and peace building efforts, but we will not be deterred,” he said.

He urged those who cherish peaceful coexistence to continue to be resilient, focused and resolute in overcoming antics of forces of darkness and evil.

The governor said those that carried out the destruction were determined to derail the contributions of the security agencies, “having failed to spread their tentacles of hate, bigotry and penchant for divisiveness.

“I want to use this medium to appeal to all men and women of conscience to remain firm and optimistic, while government in collaboration with security agencies, civil society, religious and traditional institutions will continue to work assiduously for peace and security of life and property.”

He said security agencies will fish out the perpetrators, and those found to be involved, or engaged in omissions that led to the destruction of public property will be brought to justice.

Mr. El-Rufai also assured that, all those that have their hands in the destruction of the structure will not go free.

Speaking at the foundation laying ceremony penultimate Saturday, Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, said the army was committed to peace and security in all parts of Nigeria.

Earlier during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Jama’a, Muhammadu Muhammadu, the army chief directed troops stationed in Southern Kaduna to move deep into the forest to fish out perpetrators of violence in the state.

He said the need to find lasting solution to incessant herdsmen/farmers crises rocking Southern Kaduna in recent times necessitated the setting up of the base.

Mr. Buratai urged Nigerians to learn to co-exist peacefully.

The governor noted that 11 similar clashes had been recorded in the state, but vowed to put an end to it.

He said all those behind the recent farmers/herdsmen crisis will be brought to book no matter how highly placed.

“Whether they are my son or daughter or relations, whether they are Muslims or Christians, someone will be jailed to put an end to the crisis. And this will be the end of crisis in the state,” Mr. El-Rufai said.


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  • sammyctu ode

    It’s time for our government officials and even the military to be more creative in their planning. This area have been attacked by unknown people (aka unknown soldiers) so I expect the military to have installed hidden cameras to catch mischief makers. Part of our problems in Nigeria is that we don’t plan holistically, I’m sure if the authorities have thought deep and installed hidden cameras these hoodlums would have been captured by now. Why putting a structure there without anybody guarding it? Makes no sense anyway.

    • Teflonjones

      The structure was put up to be destroyed so the governor could make this statement. It’s all part of the clandestine operation carefully crafted from the top.

    • Alex

      You need light,electricity to install and operate a camera which is not avaliable even in the next 100 years .

      • I am sorry to come in Alex! Some of the gadgets @sammyctu is talking, don’t need electricity from Power Holding or is it NEPA? Some depend on wind, while others depends on solar even the moon reflection of the Sun.

  • Give to Caesar what belong to Caesar and allowed the sleeping dog lie and it will be good with you. History is repeating itself of the 18 century and looks this time it may not be good.

  • Alex

    You haven’t brought to justice those that are killing dozens on daily bases,your braging of how you will prosicute the ones that bring down a tiny structure.