- Army has sent a warning statement to people of the southern part of Kaduna state
- The Army accused retired security officers of fueling Southern Kaduna crisis
- Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundu, however, said the farmers and herders must stop their old practice of taking laws into their hands in the area
Farmers and herders in the southern part of Kaduna state have been asked to surrender illegal weapons in their possession or risk being arrested.
The Nation reports that commander of the military's Operation Safe Haven, Maj. Gen. Augustine Agundu, made this known on Monday, December 23.
Legit.ng gathered that he also alleged some retired security officers of Southern Kaduna extraction were responsible for the promotion of violence in the area but assured they would soon be nabbed.
The commander, who stated this in Kafanchan during Kaduna state government and defence headquarters’ Operation Safe Haven’s meeting with stakeholders in Southern Kaduna, said the farmers and herders must stop their old practice of taking laws into their hands.
Maj. Gen. Agundu, who spoke passionately on why Kaduna people must live in peace with one another, urged residents to identify and report criminal elements in their communities to security agencies for prompt action.
He said: “Farmers and herders carrying illegal firearms must surrender them to the nearest security post to avoid arrest. Farmers and herders must always report any grievances to security especially the military rather than taking laws into their own hands. This will not be tolerated.
“As a farmer, you don’t need to kill another person who destroys your farmland because we cannot buy life. We must stop stealing cows. I also advise the herdsmen to stop using children to rear cows and night rearing. Let us isolate the bad ones, the criminals that cut across all the tribes. We must be tolerant of each other and grow understanding.”
The commander called for tolerance among residents and warned trouble makers to leave Southern Kaduna or face the full wrath of the law.
He said: “What we want from you is to identify the bad ones living in your communities and report to us the security for prompt action for peace to reign. No problem without a solution, we must hold our communities together to live in peace.
“Let’s appeal to our conscience, people who are giving us problem are only a few. The land that belongs to all of us is the six feet’s grave, at the end of the day, nobody owns any land. The people who are fueling crisis are not from here, they are in cities. We must say no to violence. When people want to cause a crisis, they sow the seed of discord among people.
Speaking with the traditional rulers, the commander said: “We have the responsibility to always tell truth to the people. The few individuals are the ones propagating hatred to cause havoc in our communities today. Enough of trouble, some people are keeping firearms especially in Plateau state and that is what we are doing now in Plateau by moping the illegal firearms.
“My appeal to you traditional rulers is to isolate the bad ones, the enemies are living within us, identify them to foster peace in southern Kaduna. If we keep the bad ones among us, peace will delay. Some trouble makers are in cities, they only come and instigate the problem. We must go back to the old days where we all lived in peace with one another. Let’s respect each other.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the defence headquarters, Abuja on Monday, December 23, reportedly countered the Borno state government on claims that Boko Haram took over some parts of the state.
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