Following the continuous accusations of deafening silence, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to take “strong actions” aimed at bringing an end to the recurring violence in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
Before he gave this directive, the president was ‘severely’ censured for not taking action to end the crisis.
However, in a statement issued on Thursday by President Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the president also ordered the IGP to personally visit the area to assess situation firsthand on Saturday and Sunday.
The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered strong actions to deal with violence in Southern Kaduna.”
“This is aimed at bringing an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
“On the directive of President Buhari, the IG of Police was in the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand. In addition to the conventional policemen deployed in the area, a squadron of mobile policemen has now been stationed there.”
He said the Nigerian Army was 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.
It continued: “President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.”
“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts. The President commended efforts of the State government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence.
“President Buhari has, once again, sent condolences to the people of southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.”