Amidst rising cases of killings and abductions by terrorists, the Kaduna State Government, Northwest Nigeria, has dismissed the possibility of striking deals with any non-state armed group to de-escalate terror in the state.
“The Kaduna State Government will not negotiate with or compensate criminals who attack our communities, kill, rape, burn, plunder and kidnap for ransom; criminals that cripple our rural economy, set barns on fire, burn down farms and plunge our citizens into abject poverty,” said Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs on Tuesday, March 2.
Aruwan spoke at the roundtable dialogue for religious, traditional and community leaders for peace and security in Southern Kaduna.
The commissioner did not acknowledge the deal-or-no-deal debate currently heating the polity when Abubakar Gumi, an Islamic Cleric based in the state, is spearheading negotiations with terrorists.
“I will reiterate that the Kaduna State Government stands against profiling of innocent citizens because of acts committed by criminals with whom they may share an ethnic or religious identity,” he said about the ethnoreligious clashes that rocked some parts of the country recently.
He stated that the Government would not hesitate to wade in to prevent further killings and counter-killings “where citizens are victims of unjustified attacks that stem from profiling and generalisation.”
According to Aruwan, “The Government maintains that recourse to the law by all aggrieved sides throughout the state is crucial to bringing an end to the bloodshed.”