FG set to establish military formations in Southern Kaduna in bid to end crisis

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 23 December 2016 | 2,194 times

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Defence Minister Manir Ali

Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has disclosed that plans are underway to establish two military formations in Southern parts of Kaduna State.

Speaking during a media chart on Wednesday night in Kaduna, the Governor said the state government got assurances of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Defence and Chief of Army Staff on the request to site the military formations.

The proposed military formations will be sited in Fadan Karshi, in Sanga Local Government and Kauru Local Government Areas.

His words: “We are talking with the President, the Minister of Defence and the Chief of Army Staff to site two military formations in Southern Kaduna; one in Fadan Karshi in Sanga and the second one in Kauru Local Government Area. And I will meet the President on Thursday

(22/12/2016) in continuation of the project.

“The presence of these two military formations will help in securing lives and properties and provide rapid response to any act of criminality and the maintenance of law and order.Two other military formations will be established in Birnin Gwari and Kubau local government areas.”

On the present security situation in Southern Kaduna, the governor further stated that, the presence of security personnel has been beefed up in the area as part of measures to stem the tide of violence in the region.

He said two squadrons of mobile police have been drafted to the area. "In addition, more military personnel have also been deployed to tackle the raising insecurity in the region.

“This is part of the state government’s effort to provide adequate security for the people during this Christmas and New- Year celebrations,” he added.

El-Rufai noted that the rising insecurity in the region is also having adverse economic effect as investors who expressed readiness to invest in the region are pooling out.

The Governor, however, said the foreign investors that will revive the ginger processing plant in Kachia Local Government and the Australian investor that will invest in mining nickel in Jema’a Local Government have pulled out of their initial commitment to invest because of the violence.

He said he was doing his best to ensure that they return.

•Defecne Minister Manir Ali.

Source: Newsexpress

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