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Kaduna LP gubernatorial candidate, Asake challenges Gov El-Rufai to halt Southern Kaduna killings

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The gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in Kaduna State in next year’s elections, Mr Jonathan Asake, has challenged Governor Nasir El-Rufai to show exemplary leadership as the chief security officer of the state by halting the renewed attacks and killings in communities of Southern Kaduna.

Asake lamented, “The killings last week of eight innocent, helpless people in villages of Mallagum and Kpak in Kagoro communities of Kaura local government and Kamuru-Ikulu in Zangon Kataf local government within two days was provocative, highly insensitive and condemnable, especially during this festive season.”

Speaking at the weekend, Asake regretted the inability of the All Progressives Congress, APC, government in the state to protect the lives and property of its citizens, saying that the continuous killings and destruction of valuables was uncalled for at a time when all should embrace themselves for peaceful coexistence and sustainable development.

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He emphasised that government must have the will to take decisions to apprehend and prosecute criminals and their sponsors no matter who they are in society to serve as deterrent to others and ensure sanity in the state.

Asake noted that farmers must be allowed to harvest their yields and the people of southern Kaduna must be able to spend this Christmas in a peaceful atmosphere, devoid of intimidation, harassment or uncertainties.

A press statement by Asake’s media aide, James Swam, quoted the governorship candidate as urging the people to remain calm and not resort to anything negative but allow government to do its work.

Asake, who was accompanied by his running mate, Rt. Hon Bashir Aliyu, prayed for the repose of the souls of those killed and urged the families to leave everything to God who is the ultimate judge, and added that their patience and trust in God will not go in vain.