By Aminu Dalhatu
Kaduna State Government has announced plans to establish Kaduna State Security Trust fund by collaborating with corporate organizations, business community, industrialists, professional groups, individuals and all critical stakeholders towards enhancing material and logistic support to security forces to boost their operation.
The State Governor, Malam Uba Sani announced this during the State Security Council Meeting with Traditional Rulers and Local Government Chairmen of Frontline Areas held at government house Kaduna.
Governor Uba Sani explained that, his government had been pursuing the deployment of more boots on the ground through the establishment of more military formations.
He noted that, very soon, there would be establishment of some Forward Operating Bases FOBs in the State, adding that, the move would greatly assist the expansion of it campaigns against terrorists and bandits in frontline locations.
Governor Sani pointed out that, Kaduna State Government is working with the Defence Headquarters towards actualizing the plans which according to him, he has directed the Overseeing the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs to follow the process closely and provide him with regular reports on the establishment of the FOBs and other relevant issues vigorously pursuing.
He said the purpose of the meeting was to brainstorm on the situations in certain areas of interest, particularly Kauru, Kajuru, Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun, Kachia, Kagarko and the Kaduna-Abuja Road.
“On the side of security agencies, and in light of the challenges we are confronting, I must state that it has become vital for us to further close ranks, rub minds and revisit our collaborative structures. Deepening and strengthening of human intelligence networks is an obvious area requiring urgent review, towards restoring peace and security along these critical highways, and to the troubled communities”
According to him, there was security on the Kaduna-Abuja Road for about 18 months, until the sudden unfortunate and disturbing attack and kidnapping.
He said the recent occurrences on the Kaduna – Abuja road axis clearly indicated the re-opening of a front on that route, and that points government strongly to the need for renewed focus and coordination.
“You are also aware of the attacks on citizens and military personnel along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road, and in the Birnin Gwari general area. Bandits and terrorists have exploited gaps – particularly around Maganda, Kuyello and other villages surrounding Buruku, Udawa, Damba, Kuriga, Polewire and other flash points – to carry out ambushes on citizens, as well as security forces attempting to respond to distress calls”
“Chikun, Giwa and Igabi have become areas of concern as well; from Maraban Rido and Kudendan axis in Chikun, Sauran Goma, Kerawa and Dunki areas of Igabi have also witnessed attacks and killings. I also followed the developments in Giwa from Kidandan, Kaya, Sabon Layi and Idasu”
‘The Kauru general area has equally witnessed a resurgence of deadly attacks and kidnappings in recent weeks around Dokan Karji stretching into Kajuru, and also Kachia from the Bishini general area”
Governor Sani further commended Operation Safe Haven in Southern Kaduna for significantly stabilizing Zangon Kataf, Jema’a, and Kaura, stressing th6, the officers and men of Operation Safe Haven have helped immensely in containing recent threats to peace and safety.
Malam Uba Sani appealed to the military and the police to step up their presence in the Tudun Biri general area in view of threats arising from efforts to rebuild the community after the unfortunate incident of last year.
The Governor expressed sincere hope that the participants would deliberate openly, extensively, productively, and proffer lasting solutions to the problems.
Traditional Rulers that are attending the meeting include the Emir of Zazzau, Emir of Birnin Gwari, Etsu Chikun, Agom Kachia, the Chief of Kufana, Emir of Kauru and Chief of Dnata as well as some local government Chairmen of Kauru, Kajuru, Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Chikun and Kachia local government councils.