The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samaila Aruwan, yesterday, at the joint engagement with paramount traditional rulers of Atyap and Tsam, religious and community leaders from Kauru and Zangon Kataf local government areas, reiterated government appeal for recourse to the law, and part of the strategy to curb the spate of violence and bloodshed among Irigwe, Tsam, Hausa, Atyap and Fulani communities of these councils.
According to him, The renewed cycle of killings is worrisome given our experiences over the last two years, and the gradual return of peace witnessed until the setback over the weekend.
I recalled painfully that in 2020, 114 citizens were killed in Zangon Kataf and 28 in Kauru, and in 2021, 186 were killed in Zangon Kataf and 59 in Kauru; when put together, we lost 387 lives in the two councils. In 2021, 100 citizens incurred gun shot injuries in the two councils: 77 in Zangon Kataf and 23 in Kauru.
This is aside houses and settlements burnt, farms destroyed, cattle killed and the collapse of the rural economy affecting all of the communities.
I challenged participants to rise to the occasion and put a stop to the problems, which usually arise from the behavior of a few elements across all sides.
We are grateful to their Royal Highnesses (Sir Dominic Gambo Yahaya and Alhaji Yahaya Mohammed), Hons Amos Gwamna Magaji and Mukhtar Chawai, the Chairmen of the councils (Hon. Francis Sani and Hon. Bashir Dawaki) and all the military, police and other security personnel working in the locations.