El-Rufai Governor assures Kaduna residents of safety

El-Rufai says that security agencies had been staging shows of force and patrols as part of efforts to build confidence among citizens.

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Thursday assured residents of the state of their safety.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said the governor and the security agencies had taken necessary action to protect lives and property in the state.

“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,’’ the governor said.

According to him, our diverse communities will not be engulfed by negative conduct that has taken place elsewhere.

El-Rufai said that security agencies had been staging shows of force and patrols as part of efforts to build confidence among citizens and deter mischief makers.

“The police and the State Security Service (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 governor urged residents to resist the temptation to take the laws into their hands.

“There should be no recourse to self-help in Kaduna State. It will not be tolerated and will be punished accordingly.’’

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He said: “in times like this, every citizen is expected to do their duty to uphold peace and harmony”.

The governor reiterated that the government would not tolerate hate speeches and incitements, saying that 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,” he said.

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