….Says no accurate number of victims yet
…As investigations still at embryonic stage
By Chris Ochayi
The Commissioner of Police, CP, Kaduna Police Command, Ahmad Abdulrahman has distance the command from the figures dished out by Governor Nasir El-Rufai as victims of recent violence crisis in some communities in Kajuru Local Government Council of the state.
The CP, who stated yesterday, in Kaduna, while responding to inquiries by journalists, who visited some scenes of the attacks in Kajuru Local Government Area, said investigations into the killings are still at the embryonic stage.
He said, “We didn’t give the governor any figure, we will not. We don’t issue such figure until the end of the investigations.”
It would be recalled that Governor Nasir El-Rufai, had on the eve of rescheduled presidential election, Friday February 16, 2019, said 66 people were killed during the attacks in some settlements in the area, which he puts victims to include 22 children and 12 women
The governor, who said four wounded persons were rescued alive during the fracas, said later that the actual number of person killed that Friday in Kajuru Local Government of the state was 130 and not the 66 he said earlier.
Meanwhile, some communities in Kajuru Local Government of Kaduna State have faulted claims by the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, that 130 Fulani. People were killed during a recent purported violence crisis in the areas.
This is even as the Southern Kaduna Peoples’Union, SOKAPU, has called on the authorities to exhume the dead bodies of the 130 Fulani people the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai claimed to have been buried during the crisis.
However, the Commissioner of Police, said during the interview to clear the air on the controversies, said that he advised the governor against using any figure for now, because according to him, “The figures can change anytime.
He said if what the governor dishes out it is 200, he is just quoting figures. It may be more than that or less than that.
“As professional as the police force is, we have to finish our investigation before we give out any figure
“Investigation is still at its embryonic stage. As far as the police is concern, our men are still in the bush and are still carrying out investigations. “
Abdulrahman, who also agreed that there was casualty during the Sunday February 10, 2019 attack on Adara people of Barde 1, confirmed that one person has been arrested over the killing in the village.”
He said, “I am not afraid of saying the truth, I am not afraid of anyone, I am only afraid of God.”
Speaking with journalists earlier, the President of Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union, SOKAPU, Mr. Solomon Musa, blamed Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the current crisis in the entire Southern part of the state, while castigating him for raising false figures of victims of the crisis.
According to him, “I am sure all of you watched with shock and amazement the announcement of the governor that 66 people were killed and the announcement was made in such a manner to portray to the world that a day before the election was when this incidence happened assuming if any of such incidence happened.
“As the national president, Hausa, Fulani, Atyap, Bajju, Adara people and all others report incidences to me and u know as a matter of fact, on Sunday, the national president of the Adara Peoples’ Development Association called to inform me that 11 people were killed and I told him that authorities should be notified and u believe they were notified. No action was taken by the government be it at state or local government level. Security agents were not mobilised to go there and nothing was said by the governor.
“Mallam Nasir El-rufai is the greatest security threat to the whole of Kaduna state. He is the greatest security threat. We call on the federal government to act. What we are faced with is not conflict but genocide. It’s terrorism, nothing more, nothing less. If they claim that Southern Kaduna kills people, what about Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Taraba and other places?“
The governor said that every four years there is a case of violence in the southern part if the state. We saw this statement as a proverbial case if a witch crying at night and someone dies at day time. We believe that it is a script that is being prepared, written and to be projected very soon by some persons.
“We cried out to the world and issued out a press statement and to show that somebody is preparing towards election period and that if anything should happen by way if violence in Southern Kaduna, the governor should be held responsible” he added.