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Gov. Sani reiterates need for state police after Kuriga students abduction



Gov. Sani reinforces need for state police after Kuriga students abduction
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Governor of Kaduna State, Uba Sani, says the abduction of scores of students by bandits in Kuriga, Chikun Local Government Area on Thursday, has reinforced the need for state police.

During a visit to the community to commiserate with them over the incident, the Governor assured the community of the support of President Bola Tinubu and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu.

Although the exact number of the abducted children is yet to be confirmed, Sani urged the community to remain calm and work with the government to secure the release of the children.

He also announced that a security committee would be established in Kuriga and requested the establishment of a military base in the area to strengthen security.

“A Security Committee will be established in Kuriga, with membership drawn from key stakeholders in Kuriga Community, Security Agencies, and the State Government.

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“I will make a strong case to the Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff for the establishment of a Military Base in Kuriga to strengthen security in the area,” Sani added.

“The unfortunate Kuriga incident reinforces our positions in support of the establishment of State Police.

“With State Police, there will be a standing Police Force in Kuriga drawn from members of the community who understand the terrain, the people and the issues at play.

“They can gather intelligence with ease. They will also be constitutionally empowered to bear arms, including sophisticated ones. This is important because vigilante groups are not allowed to carry arms.

“They are always at the mercy of these criminal elements who have scant regard for human life,” he added.