Intervention squad deployed to combat Kaduna killings

Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has deployed a squad to the southern part of Kaduna state, as a means to end the violence taking place in the state.

The squad is composed of the Counter-Terrorism Unit (CTU), Detectives/Intelligence Operatives, Police Mobile Force (PMF), Police Special Force in association with all security personnel of Kaduna state.

For some weeks now, there have been reports of serious violence rocking the state, especially in the southern part of Kaduna state, with a majority of the recent killings occuring at Kukum Dani and Girls Gan, bringing it to a total of 33 deaths.

Also, news reporters and correspondents learnt that many people are currently in various hospitals receiving treatment resulting from gunshots from the terrorists.

The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, had said that pandemonium in the state is being carried out by stubborn people who have been killing and kidnapping people, and stealing cattle in the entire North-west region. He revealed that it was inappropriate to tag the massacre as religious or ethnicz as the evil-doers committed their atrocities against men and women of all backgrounds and beliefs. President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier expressed a similar view and warned against reprisal.

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Last week, Nasir El-Rufai imposed a 24-hour curfew in the region. He later extended the curfew to Jema’a and Kaura local government areas of Friday.

Various civil society organisations, governmental bodies, concerned individuals and human right groups have condemned such brutal act in the state, and called for the quick intervention of the federal government.

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In a statement signed by the spokesperson to the governor, Frank Mba, the police boss directed the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna state Police command, to make sure there is strict compliance to the curfew as directed.

According to him, the commissioner is also to make sure there is enough deployment of all assets needed by the intervention squad in place to effectively combat the terrorists and protect the lives and property of individuals living in the communities.

“The CP is to personally coordinate the operations of the Intervention Squad in carrying out collective and holistic tasks of ensuring peace and safety in the communities. The Squad comprises: the Police Mobile Force (PMF), Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU), Police Special Forces, Detectives/Intelligence Operatives as well as personnel of the Kaduna State Police Command, the Military and other security agencies.”

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“The IGP commiserates with the people of Kaduna State, particularly those who have lost their loved ones and property as a result of the crises. He assures that the Force will do everything within its powers and means to ensure that peace is restored in the affected areas,” the statement read.

In the meantime, the police chief encouraged the citizens of Kaduna state to join forces with all security personnel and other law enforcement agencies in charge as they ensure that the curfew directives is followed strictly, in order to ensure their safety.