Governor Nasir el- Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday met with security chiefs, traditional rulers and other stakeholders to proffer solution to the persistent killings in Kajuru communities in the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Kajuru is in the southern part of the state which had been under severe attacks in recent times, leading to the death of 27 indigenous people of the area within the last three days.
Among those who also attended the meeting included the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, member of the House of Representatives representing Chikun/Kajuru Federal Consitutency, Umar Barde, and security chiefs in the state.
el- Rufai presided over the meeting held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House.
Barde who spoke to reporters shortly after the meeting urged the ethnic nationalities in Kajuru should embrace peace.
Barde who is a member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party,, PDP, hinted that el-Rufai was taking necessary steps for peace to reign in the troubled areas..
His words, "the meeting was as a result of the security situation in Kajuru community and governor Nasir el-rufai held stakeholders meeting with us.
"There is need for mutual trust among ethnic groups as there will be no peace if there is no trust.
"The Governor asked us as major stakeholders to talk to our people on the need for peace
"The governor is taking all security measures to tackle the security situation. The governor is giving all the support to the security agencies to bring peace in the area."
Also speaking, the state Police Commissioner, Umar Muri said more security operatives had been deployed to the troubled area, adding that the security situation was now under control.
Muri, however, warned against reprisal attacks, saying that such attacks would aggravate the situation further.
"We discussed a lot about the reprisal attacks in Kajuru community. We cannot relent.
"We are trying our best for lasting peace in Kajuru. We have mobilized more men to the affected area in Kajuru and the situation is under control.
"My advise to the communities is that, reprisal attacks will not solve the problem and we are warning the communities against reprisal attacks for peace to rain."
In his comments,, the District Head of Kufana, Titus Dauda spoke of the need for peace in his domain pointing out that, "We need peace in Kajuru. In Kajuru, we have Adara, Fulani, Hausa and other nationalities. We believe there will be peace."