Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has ordered further security reinforcements in Kaduna State following reports earlier this week of communal clashes that resulted in the loss of lives, in Kajuru, Kajuru Local Government Area of the State.
37 people were reportedly killed in a fresh clash between farmers and herdsmen in the community.
The incident began on Sunday, when some Fulani youths allegedly went to a village at Ungwan Uka to avenge the killing of a certain herdsman said to have been attacked and killed some days back by some Kadara youths at a farm in Banono village.
The herdsman was said to be a known bandit who had been harassing people in the area and was said to have been killed by a mob while attempting to escape.
Sources claimed that the Fulani community in the area, who also knew the man to be a bandit was briefed on the incident.
However, youths were said to have protested against the killing and planned a revenge attack.
A statement from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said Prof Osinbajo commiserated with families of the victims, the government and people of Kaduna State, and wished the injured speedy recovery.
He also commended the prompt response and effort of the state government, and those of the security agencies which contained the situation and restored peace to the area.
Condemning the act of violence in strong terms, the acting president noted that the security challenges in Southern Kaduna, which has led to the needless deaths, is a source of concern for the Federal government and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians.
Noting previous and ongoing efforts of the Buhari administration to confront the situation, Prof. Osinbajo assured Nigerians that no effort would be spared in identifying and bringing perpetrators of the dastardly acts, against innocent Nigerians to justice no matter how long or hard it may take.
He said Nigerians in the area and everywhere in the country had a right to live in peace, adding that the federal government considered this its sacred duty.
“We will not relent and won’t be deterred in our pursuit of securing the lives and property of all Nigerians, everywhere and in every part of this nation. In the end, we will not only secure the peace all around, but we shall enforce justice for the victims and all of those that are affected,” he stated.