- The Nigerian government has finally revealed the causes of the killings and bandit attacks in Kaduna state
- The presidency said some of the attacks are politically-motivated, also stemming from revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs
- The government also condemned the recent attacks in some part of Kaduna state
The federal government says the spate of attacks in Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics of the government are willing to admit.
This was made known in a statement issued by the presidency on Tuesday, July 15, as killing in the northern state continues to generate concern.
Presidency said Kaduna enjoys "comprehensive security deployments" from the troops of the Nigerian Army and Air Force but despite that, the insecurity still persists suggesting that there is more to the attacks than what people may imagine.
It further revealed that the attacks in South Kaduna are executed by politically-motivated bandits. Presidency also named revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs as some of the causes of the attacks.
"The problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.
"From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds," presidency said.
The presidency, however, warned about taking laws into one's hands, saying this has a way of making the job of the security agencies difficult.
It also condemned the recent attacks by bandits in Igali, Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of the state and urged the people of Kaduna to report an attempt to breach the peace.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the presidency has finally reacted to the Nigerian Senate's call for the sack of the security chiefs due to the saddening rise in the killing and attacks across the county.
The upper legislative chamber, during a plenary on Tuesday, July 21, expressed its sadness over the spike in killing nationwide and asked the country’s service chiefs to step aside without any further delay.
But in a statement released by the presidency via a tweet, the federal government stressed that the appointment and dismissal of the security chiefs is "presidential prerogative."
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