Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, has asked security agencies to arrest the killers of a 12-year-old herder, Usman Abdullahi.
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The herder was said to have been killed by some unknown persons at Sabzuro-Tunga Nok road in Jaba Local Government Area of the state.
El-Rufai, however, commended Fulani and Ham leaders in Jaba for de-escalating tension and keeping the peace after the incident.
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Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, gave the commendation on behalf of the governor on Saturday, during a peace advocacy engagement between leaders of both ethnic groups at Ungwan Tunga in Nok District.
Aruwan, who visited the parents of the deceased at their settlement in company of the district head of Nok, Fulani leaders, security officials, and Jaba LGA Chairman, commiserated with them over the unfortunate incident.
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He gave the assurance that the government shared in their grief and promised that effort is ongoing to apprehend those behind the death of their son.
The commissioner also commended them for not taking the law in their hands, but chose to report the matter to the appropriate authorities.
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He called for the sharing of vital information with the government and security agencies, to enhance timely intervention to emerging security challenges.
Chairman of the local government, Benjamin Jock, explained that the boy was killed by yet-to-be-identified persons some days ago, and his body was dumped inside a bush.
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The deceased’s father, Wakili Abdullahi, thanked the government delegation for the visit.
He also assured them of leaving the matter to security agencies to do their job.
“All I know is that despite all that happened, I leave everything for God. I know that security operatives are doing their best. I pray that God will help them during their investigation to find the culprit.
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“I also thank His Excellency, the governor of Kaduna State for his support. May God lead you all back to your various destinations safely,” he said.
Jaba is one of the most peaceful areas in the state, with no record of ethno-religious conflicts.