The Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai on Tuesday announced that the death toll in the recent attacks in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State has risen to 130.
Newsworth recalls that El-Rufai had earlier on Friday announced that 66 persons were killed by unknown attackers there.
But addressing State House correspondents after attending an expanded security meeting summoned by President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, the Kaduna Governor said the figures had gone up.
The security meeting which lasted for an hour, convened to discuss the resurgence of insecurity in Kaduna, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, was attended by Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Jibrilla Bindow (Adamawa) and Kashim Shettima (Borno), and security chiefs.
Several persons initially doubted the report of the killings, which came on the eve of the now postponed presidential elections, but El-Rufai has stated that those who doubted them were “grossly irresponsible”.
He said as governor, he receives and reads security briefings every morning. “I work only on that basis,” he said, declaring that “the latest report shows that over 130 were killed, not even 66”.
El-Rufai also said relatives of the victims have already provided the state government with the names of those killed, assuring that the names will be released to the media.
He said further, “In Kaduna state, we requested for an enhanced military presence in particular locations that were either afflicted by rural banditry. These are Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun and areas where there have been history of either electoral violence or ethno- religious intolerance. We have already mapped out with the GOC and the commissioner of police.
“We have made adequate arrangements to ensure that every citizen of Kaduna state will be free to vote in an atmosphere of peace and security. We got assurances from Mr. President that whatever security asset we need, additional to what is already on ground to ensure that there are peaceful and hitch free elections on Saturday, those assets will be provided. All we need to do is to ask.”
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman, who also attended the briefing, said eight persons were earlier arrested.
“We intended prosecuting those arrested today but as we speak three more are arrested. We want to do the needful before taking them to court,” he said.