Just as Nigerians were beginning to heave a sigh of relief over the Southern Kaduna crisis, gunmen have reportedly attacked Asso community in Jema’a local government area of the state.
At the time of this report, the details of the attack were not clear, but a statement by Samuel Aruwan, the spokesperson to Nasir El-Rufai, said the governor condemned the act.
Over 200 people have died in the attacks between Fulani herdsmen and natives of Southern Kaduna since the crisis started.
Premium Times reports the governor as saying: “The victims and their families, while affirming that security operations are being ramped to rid the forest areas of the bandits.”
The attack is coming at a time Governor El-Rufai launched an operation to end the attacks in the area.
The governor said in the statement: “The forthcoming Operation Harbin Kunama II is a necessary step towards ending the violence in parts of southern Kaduna.
“The governor spoke while condemning the weekend attack on Asso community in Gwong Chiefdom of Jema’a local government area of the state.”
The governor extended his condolence to the victims and their families, while affirming that security operations are being ramped to rid the forest areas of the bandits.
He charged security agencies to redouble their efforts in fishing out those behind the killings, and to act promptly on carefully vetted intelligence.
The statement said that agencies responsible for emergency services have been directed to offer relief.
The governor requested support from communities to the security agencies as the Nigerian Army gets set to commence a major operation tagged ‘Operation Harbin Kunama II’, including assisting the Nigerian Army with vital information that could aid a successful clampdown on elements responsible for this terror attacks on our citizens.