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End Kaduna crisis, Buhari orders Army, Police

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By Levinus Nwabughiogu
ABUJA-President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Army and the Police Force to take decisive measures that would bring an end to the recurring acts of violence and destruction in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

The directive given last week saw the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Abubakar Idris visiting the region on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation at first hand.

Similarly, a squadron of mobile policemen has now been stationed in the area in addition to the conventional policemen deployed there.

Also, the Nigerian army is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna while the military has continued to carry out air surveillance across flash points of the area.

A statement by the presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu on Thursday stated that the “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.”

According to Shehu,”These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna State government continues its peace building efforts.”

President Buhari also commended the efforts of the State government and the security agencies in the steps taken so far to curtail the violence.

He also sent condolences to the people of the trouble zone who have lost loved ones in the recent violence.

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