The government of Nasir El-Rufai has been given poor marks for its handling of the security situation in Kaduna State.
This comes after the release of the 2020 Annual Security Report by the state government showed that 937 persons were killed by bandits while a total of 1, 972 kidnapped within the period in addition to looting and burning of houses.
A former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice in the state, Barrister Mark Jacob, said the annual security report has openly shown how weak the state government has been handling security challenges in the state, stressing that urgent action needed to be taken to save the state.
He said, “Even during wartimes, the casualty figure isn’t that high. Even the killings of Boko Haram in the North-East isn’t that high in a particular state in a year.”
“Nigerians and the international community need to take a look at what is happening in Kaduna State and take proactive measures to bring the security challenges in the state to its logical conclusion so that the people who have been suffering can have relief of all that they are going through.”
“We are in trouble. Government is naive in handling issues and its efforts have not yielded any positive result in the state.”
He noted that the number of those killed, kidnapped and the amount of property destroyed in the state is an indication that the state government must remain focused to secure the lives of all people in the state.
Also commenting, the National President, Adara Development Association, ADA, Mr Awemi Dio Maisamari, said the security challenges are so bad that innocent souls are involved every day with their hard-earned property destroyed, with no solution in sight.
“The security challenges is as bad as usual, no improvement, killings and kidnapping have become the order of the day, it is no longer news to hear killings and destruction of human beings.”
Mr Maisamari explained that recently, there was a kidnap in a village named Kujeni where about five people were killed by suspected bandits and a village head of Rimau was kidnapped to date.
“IDPs camps are scattered all over while others have gone to stay with relatives and government is doing nothing to bring succour to the people or ensure they return to their ancestral homes to continue their normal lives. Most vacated communities have been taken over by suspected bandits and the government is saying nothing despite several reports to intimate the authority of the happenings,” he said.