The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate for Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has called for a thorough investigation into the frequent killings in Southern Kaduna since 2011.
El-Rufai, who was speaking to newsmen after his meeting with investigators from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), said that there was the need for an independent investigation into the killings, while calling for the prosecution of any person found culpable.
He further argued that instead of sincere condemnation and quest to contain the killings, those manipulating religion for political power were exploiting the situation as the basis for consolidating their power.
“I have said it and will continue to say it, loud and clear. I will not tell a lie because I want votes, but, the fact remains that I will never tolerate such killings as a Governor. I cannot continue to see our citizenry being slaughtered in their sleep.
“That is why I made my position clear last week. For over 4,000 people to be killed without a single arrest or prosecution, shows that there is insensitivity and negligence on many sides. It is the same thing happening in the Birnin-Gwari and Giwa areas, where robberies and cattle-rustling continue to claim lives and property.
“There is an urgent need for an independent, high-powered Commission of Inquiry to carry out thorough investigations. The commission should comprise national and international security agencies. We cannot be groping in the dark while such criminality and desecration of human lives go on without seeking to crush such evil”, el-Rufai added.