As part of efforts geared towards ensuring adequate security of lives and properties in the state, Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Yusuf Bantex, yesterday disclosed governments plans to acquire drones and other surveillance in the state.
He revealed that the acquisition is captured and provisions are made in the 2017 budget.
Speaking at the launch of a Book titled “Child of destiny”, a biography of Ufuwai Bonet, the Chief of Kagoro held at Fadan Kagoro, the deputy governor who explained the efforts governor Nasir El-Rufai is taken to end the inherited security challenges said the administration is worried by the violent attacks and other criminal activities occurring in Kaduna especially southern part of the state.
Bantex noted that security agencies are seriously working to contain the security challenges and apprehend those involved in these wanton killings and destructions of properties.
He stressed further that residents must all learn to tolerate and
live in peace with one another irrespective of our ethnic, religious
or political differences: “Promoting hatred and differences along
these lines always lead to violence conflicts that reverse progress
and development. As a government, we will not tolerate that in this state.”
According to him: “The Governor and I have visited several of our
communities that have been affected by these terrible events. As we pursue peace-building, the government is also increasing investments in security. There is no doubt that intelligence-gathering has to improve. There are provisions in the 2017 Budget for the acquisition of drones and other surveillance gear to boost our security capacity.
“Ultimately, peace is sustained by the willingness of people to live
together in harmony and mutual respect. Our communities should
encourage everyone to avoid self-help, reprisal or vendetta. Every
incident should be reported to the law enforcement agencies, rather than individuals taking the law into their hands. Let us all work together to end the spiral of violence, and let us oppose the
narrative of division and lawlessness.”
Bantex added: “We are calling on our citizens to desist from taking the law into their hands. There are some who resort to politicizing the killings by promoting hate narratives over the pains of our people. We will not be distracted or deterred in our commitment to secure peace for all our communities, end the violence and punish the perpetrators of these criminal activities.
We are saddened by the lives lost and the property destroyed. May I use this opportunity to sympathize with those who lost their loved ones and assure them of our unflinching commitment to address all security challenges” Bantex said.
The deputy governor extolled the sterling qualities of the Kagoro
Chief said : “I am delighted to attend the launch of this book which documents the story of the life of our illustrious Traditional Ruler,His Highness the Chief of Kagoro, Ufuwai Bonet. It often happens that the live stories of many people are told when they are gone. But we are privileged to have Dr. Ben Z. Yayork document the story of a leader whose sterling qualities should inspire the younger generation”.
“The life of our Royal Father, Ufuwai Bonet is that of hard work,
dedication, and passion. He holds and cherishes these ideals and
values that can be seen throughout his life. No wonder wherever helives or works, he always leaves behind a good impression of himself and lessons for others to emulate. I believe this book “The Child of Destiny” truly reflects the values and ideals our Royal Father exhibits in his life,” Bantex said.

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