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The killing field

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In Southern Kaduna, the people come across as games that are picked up by the enemies. The cycle has not been broken for years. In some cases, the killing is ascribed to communal clashes, while at other times, the aggressors are identified as killer herdsmen who invade the area at night to mow down innocent women, children and men.

The people are innocent and undefended, savagely woken up from their sleep by the marauders who are not known to steal property, only on a mission of destruction – of lives and property.

In the past months, scores of lives have been cut short by the killers in rustic villages of Kaura, Kajuru, Chikun, Sanga, Jema’a and Zangon Kataf local government areas.

Like the inhabitants of the towns and villages, we find it puzzling that the marauders find their ways into the area, even after the state government is said to have declared an all-night curfew, even sometimes 24-hour curfew in the area. Security men of various agencies are said to be deployed to ensure peace. Yet, the killers make their way through the cordon and unleash mayhem.

The buck stops on the desk of the state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, who is the state chief security officer and President Muhammadu Buhari who is Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Both men swore by the constitution to protect lives and property of all Nigerians.

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