The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union said the Presidency’s reaction to the killings of its members was nothing but a deliberate plot to justify the genocide in the southern part of the State, adding that there is no presence of the military as Presidency claimed.
The National Public Relations Officer, Luka Binniyat, who spoke with PUNCH, said, “The Presidency’s comment is a deliberate twist of facts on the killings in Southern Kaduna.”
The President’s Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement titled, ‘Revenge killings worsening security problems in Southern Kaduna –Presidency,’ on Tuesday said, “From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.
“It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult.”
Contrary to the claim by the Presidency, SOKAPU also said that there is no military presence in Southern Kaduna.
“We don’t have anything like the presence of the Army and the Air Force as he (Shehu Garba) mentioned. It is not true at all.
“If the Presidency said criminal gangs are hiding under politics and religion, then, let them arrest the criminal gangs. But you find out that the criminals are walking on the streets while our leaders are being detained. As far as we are concerned, the Southern Kaduna people are victims of genocide,” the group said.