SOUTHERN KADUNA CRISIS  | Rigid PMB yields to pressure, orders action over killings

Finally, President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken against the killings in southern Kaduna and have  ordered tough measures aimed at bringing an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction of lives and properties in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu said this in a statement Thursday night.

He noted that on the directive of President Buhari, the Inspector-General of Police was in the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation.

Shehu said in addition to the conventional policemen deployed in the area, a squadron of mobile policemen had now been stationed there.

According to him, “the Nigerian army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna while the military continues to carry out air surveillance across flash points of the area.”

He said Buhari had “directed the National Emergency Management Agency to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.”

The presidential spokesman said those measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continued its peace building efforts.

Garba added that President Buhari had, once again, sent condolences to the people of Southern Kaduna who had lost loved ones in the recent violence.

Buhari has come under criticisms from different quarters over his handling of the crisis.

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