Killings: Troops deployed to Southern Kaduna

The Nigerian Army

Troops have been deployed to communities in the Southern Kaduna to stop fighting between herdsmen and the local population, in which hundreds of people had been killed in the past weeks.

The deployment is preparatory to the setting up of a permanent army base in the area.

Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, who announced the deployment to defence correspondents at the army headquarters in Abuja, said the army is also holding civil-military talks with the major stakeholders in the area.

This according to him involve religious and traditional rulers and other security agencies to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

More than 800 people have been killed in the crisis in the past weeks, according to the Sultan of Sokoto and the Christian Association of Nigeria, a figure which had been disputed by the force headquarters..

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rtd. Lt. General Abdulrahman Dambazzau has warned ‎ opinion and religious leaders against reading religious connotation to the crisis in Southern Kaduna.

Dambazzau issuing the warning in Abuja, said the crisis is between herdsmen and farmers, and asked Nigerians to refrain from‎ making comments capable of heightening the crises.

 

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