Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has clarified that insecurity in the State is being carry out by criminal elements that have been killing, abducting people and rustling cattle in the North-West.

He in a media chat on Thursday night, also said the criminality of the bandits is covered with ethnic and religious sorts when it affects communities in the southern part of the state, where it tends to aggravate communal tensions and pitch people who have lived peacefully together against each other.

El-Rufai noted that his government has taken major steps to secure the area, including ensuring that a military base is opened in southern Kaduna along with two mobile police squadrons, as response to a decade-long demand for enhanced security presence in the area.

The Governor added that in addition to security presence, peace requires that everyone should obey the rule of law and avoid self-help, because ultimately peace depends on the willingness of people to live in harmony and to settle their differences peacefully.

He also pointed out that attacks by bandits are not limited to a single part of the state, noting that the criminals attack people irrespective of their religion or ethnicity and they have been perpetrating their reign of terror in Giwa, Birnin-Gwari and parts of Igabi local government among others.