Governor El Rufai attacked in Southern Kaduna

Hundreds of irate youths pounced on Governor Nasir El Rufai in southern Kaduna yesterday.

The irate youths were protesting the frequent attacks and [neutralization] of their kin by Fulani herdsmen.

They pelted the governor’s convoy with stones and pure water sachets.

The mob also set the residence of the Caretaker Chairman of Jama’a Local Government Area, Dr. Bege Katuka, ablaze.

The Governor, his deputy, and other top government officials had visited the area to appeal for calm and douse tension.

He also assured residents that the government was taking steps to address the situation.

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A 24-hour curfew was imposed on the area last Monday after a protest by the youths over persistent [neutralizations] in communities in the southern part of the state.

It was the fifth time the governor was visiting the areas affected by the attacks.

Yesterday visit was said to have been prompted following rising tension in Kafanchan.

The tension led the Caretaker chairman to impose a 24-hour curfew last week Monday.

The governor, however, assured the people of the area that everything was being done to put an end to the [neutralizations].

Speaking when he visited some Emirs in the area, el-Rufai urged all aggrieved parties to sheath their swords and embrace peace.

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“I and the deputy governor took an oath of office to protect lives and property of all citizens.

“We are committed to ensuring that this is achieved,” he said.

He appealed to the people to avoid taking laws into their hands in the event of any crisis.

He also urged the traditional rulers to talk to their subjects against taking vengeance each time there was a problem.

As the meeting ended, the governor’s convoy was about leaving the area when angry youths descended on them.