Kaduna requests support for disarmament programme

Asma'u Halilu, Kaduna

Kaduna governor, Nasiru El-Rufa'i with the UN resident coordinator, Edward Kallon
Kaduna State Government has requested the United Nation’s support in its disarmament programme.
The State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufa’i made this known while receiving the UN resident coordinator, Edward Kallon on a courtesy call in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
According to the governor, there was a proliferation of small arms in the state, particularly in its Southern part, which needs urgent attention.
He said “the state had just realised that without reducing proliferation of weapons in the homes of people and also retrieving monopoly of violence from the people to the government, it can never have peace.”
The governor said that the lack of committment in resolving conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in the southern part of the state, was a major factor threatening security.
Governor El-Rufai added, “government would not relent in developing strategies to end the incessant conflict between herdsmen and farmers.”
He appealed to the UN to support the State Ministry of Justice, particularly in the area of criminal prosecution, training and retraining of lawyers to meet international standards.