Kaduna will not negotiate with bandits, el-Rufa’i insists

..As bandits kill 5, injure one in fresh attacks

The Kaduna State government, under the leadership of Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i, has denied appointing representatives to interface with bandits on its behalf.

This was made known in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, yesterday, while debunking a report in the media suggesting that the government had appointed representatives to interface with the bandits on its behalf.

The Kaduna State government, in a statement by Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan, said “firmly that such intermediaries have never been appointed.”

He said, “The position of the Kaduna State Government remains the same: the Government will not negotiate with or pay ransoms to bandits. Any person who claims to do so in any capacity, if found, will be prosecuted accordingly.

“Citizens are urged to report the details of any persons posing as official government negotiators to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room on 09034000060 and 08170189999, or email internal.security@kdsg.gov.ng”.

Meanwhile, bandits have reportedly killed five people and injured one in fresh attacks in Katarma village, in Chikun local government area.

In another incident, troops, under the auspices of ‘Operation Safe Haven’ reported a clash between some youths in Atuku village, Jema’a LGA.

During the clash, one person was attacked by two youths, and sustained a deep gash to the forehead, a statement by the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs Samuel Aruwan, said yesterday.

One of the assailants was arrested for profiling and Investigation. The injured victim was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

Also, the troops, while on patrol discovered the decomposing corpse of a resident of Yagbak village in Zangon-Kataf LGA, who was reported missing on 24th March. The corpse has since been buried.

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