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The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai, has confirmed the presence of Boko Haram and Ansaru terrorists as well as their enclaves, particularly in Birnin Gwari and Chukun Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor made this known at the State security council meeting, where he received the first quarterly security briefing by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

He asserted that Ansaru and Boko Haram terrorists in the State were responsible for the attack on the Abuja- Kaduna bound train on the 28th of March with some passengers still in captivity.

According to him, insecurity has moved from the Northeast to the Northwest.

“The situation in the Northwest is far more serious and could be potentially more dangerous than we have ever had in the Northeast and would like the military and security agencies to take notice of this before things go out of control,” he intoned.

On the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and mines planted in public spaces within the State, the Governor thanked the Police for diffusing a good number of them without loss of lives.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs stated that 360 people died between January and March 2022, while 1,389 people were kidnapped within this period, with the Kaduna Central Senatorial District accounting for 1,083. 1,080 kidnappings occurred in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igbabi, Chikun, and Kajuru LGAs.

The State Government has called for the establishment of a theatre to tackle terrorism and banditry in the Northwest.

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