October 4, 2022

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has cautioned communities against shielding suspected criminals in their midst as the government strives to tackle insecurity in the state.

El-Rufai gave the warning on Wednesday when he visited the Chief of Kagoro, Mr Ufuwai Bonet, at his palace in Kaura Local Government Area, to condole with him over the recent attack in the area.

This is coming less than a few days after bandits attacked a Kaduna-bound train.

“It is of great concern how communities shield criminals living amongst them. There are criminals in every ethnic group and in every religion.

“If we want to end this kind of problem (insecurity), we must be ready to give up those we suspect to be criminals even if they are our sons and daughters,’’ the governor said.

According to him, peace can only be achieved if communities respect constituted authorities and report suspects to the security agencies.

“This is the only way we can live in peace,’’ he said.

El-Rufai tasked the traditional rulers to do more by living up to their responsibility in providing leadership.

“The situation in which youths have taken over the leadership of communities is unacceptable.

“If the traditional institutions and other officials cannot provide leadership, we might as well dissolve them and hand over leadership to the youths if that is what will bring peace.

“I want to appeal to you all to rise up to your leadership roles and let us know those behind these crimes so we can deal with them,’’ he said.

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