By BEN AGANDE
KADUNA – The Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai and the Kaduna state commissioner of police, Agyoleh Abel have assured Igbo resident in the state to go about their business as all necessary measures have been taken to ensure their security and that of their business.
While governor El Rufai gave the assurance in a statement he issued Thursday, the commissioner of police stated this after meeting with Igbo and Yoruba leaders as well as touring some streets with prominent Igbo businesses where he addressed Igbo traders.
Governor El Rufai’s statement which was signed by his Spokesman, Samuel Aruwan noted that necessary measures have been taken to ensure the security of lives and properties of all residents of the state.
The statement reads:
“The Kaduna State Government wishes to assure all residents of their safety. The state government and the security agencies have taken appropriate action to secure lives and property. Therefore, every citizen should go about their lawful duties, without let or hindrance.
“The security situation is under constant review, including events that have taken place in other parts of the country. Our diverse communities will not be engulfed by negative conduct that has taken place elsewhere.
“The security agencies are staging shows of force and patrols as part of the effort to build confidence among citizens and deter mischief-makers.
“The police and the SSS are also engaged in outreach to our communities to update them and to provide reassurance.
“Our traditional institutions have also been alerted, and they are engaging people in their domains to keep the peace..
“Every resident must live up to their civic responsibilities, and must shun and report anyone seeking or urging reprisals against innocents.
“The Kaduna State Government urges everyone to resist the temptation to take the law into their hands.
“There should be no recourse to self-help in Kaduna State. It will not be tolerated and will be punished accordingly.
“In times like these, every citizen is expected to do their duty to uphold peace and harmony.”
“Government wishes to reiterate that it will not tolerate hate speech and incitement. Members of the public should verify information before they share. Kaduna State is peaceful.
“No community or market is under attack, and robust efforts are being applied to maintain the peace”.
Earlier at a meeting with the leaders of the Igbo and Yoruba communities, the commissioner of police said Kaduna was peaceful and everybody should go about their business.
“There is no crisis in Kaduna, the State is peaceful, I advise everybody to open his shops as usual and do your business.
“Don’t be apprehensive, the rumour is baseless and unfounded. Our men are at alert all the time to ensure peaceful atmosphere in the State”. Abeh said.
In his response, the president General of Igbo community in Kaduna state, Chris Nnoli thanked the Police boss for assuring them of safety of Kaduna residents.
“I want to say without bias that Igbo are peace loving people, and they like to bring development to anywhere they find themselves even better than where they come from.
“It is unfortunate that this rumour emanated from the social media, but we want to tell our that they should disregard such rumour because Kaduna is peaceful and we are all law abiding citizens” Nnoli said.
After meeting with the leaders of the Igbo and Yoruba community, the commissioner of police later drove round some streets in the state where he assured Igbo traders of adequate protection.
He drove through Katsina road, Ahmadu Bello way, Ori Apata before heading to Barnawa where he addressed Igbo traders and assured them of adequate security.