By Ibrahim HassanWuyo
Despite the murder of a herder, Usman Shehu Abdullahi by unknown assailants on the outskirts of Sabzuro-Tunga Nok Road in southern Kaduna, the natives of Fulani and Ham were able to keep the peace.
However, Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasiru Ahmad El-Rufai praised the Fulani and Ham leaders for failing to ease tension over the killing.
He said they did well in keeping the peace over the pastor’s murder in the Jaba local government area of the state.
The governor said this through Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan during a peace-promoting engagement at Ungwan Tunga in Nok district on Saturday.
The pastor, Usman Shehu Abdullahi, was killed by unknown assailants on the outskirts of Sabzuro-Tunga Nok Road on August 23, 2020.
At the meeting with the parents of the deceased held in their settlement, the Commissioner in the company of the President of the local government of Jaba, H.E. Nok district chief Benjamin Jock, Elder Beno Adamu, the area’s Fulani leader, Ardo Saidu, and security agencies, the commissioner said that nothing can compare to peace.
“We are here on behalf of the Governor to sympathize with you for the unfortunate incident and to congratulate you on resorting to the law.
“Law enforcement agencies are still investigating and we are grateful for their cooperation and understanding. Your cooperation greatly helped reduce tension. “
In concluding his remarks, the Commissioner urged everyone to redouble the exchange of vital information with government and security agencies to enhance timely intervention to emerging security challenges.
In his response, the father of the deceased, Abdullahi Wakili, assured government and security agencies of absolute recourse to the law, hence his cooperation with security personnel investigating the case.
Earlier in his remarks, local government president Hon. Jock said the council has been working with law enforcement agencies to get to the root of the murder.
He explained that he had convened an emergency meeting with critical stakeholders to strengthen intelligence gathering and the sharing of useful information.