Following the renewed unrest in some parts of Kaduna State, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has suspended the commencement of the orientation course for the 2018 Batch ‘C’ corps members deployed to the state.
The orientation course, which was earlier scheduled to commence today across the federation, including Kaduna, has now been postponed for the state until further notice.
Black Gold permanent orientation camp is located at kilometer 16, Kaduna – Abuja Highway, Chikun Local Government area of the state, one of the flash points in the state, hence, not safe for corps members, especially those who may be plying the road for the first time.
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The state government had imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state to halt the bloody attacks escalating from killings in Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru local government area of the state five days ago.
Confirming the statement signed by NYSC management to Daily Sun in Kaduna, yesterday, the Coordinator of the scheme in the state, Hajiya Siddiq Walida, said the development became necessary to guard against any eventuality.
As at yesterday, the curfew was still in force as security personnel were seen moving from one place to the other in their patrol vans, to dispatch groups of youths, brandishing light weapons at different locations in Kaduna.
Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, told people resident in the state to remain indoors as curfew was yet to be relaxed by the State Security Council.
However, the Kaduna State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), through its Spokesman, ASC Orndiir Terzungwe, called on the people of the state to stop circulating rumours aimed at creating unnecessary tension on the unfortunate security situation in the state.
“Kaduna-Abuja Express way at Gonin-Gora, Abuja junction and Command junction were safe for travelers as against the rumours circulated that commuters were being killed and vehicles burnt.
“Those who indulge in such practice are enemies of peace whose mission is unknown. Therefore, others, who love peace as being necessary for development, should shun them and treat them as enemies of the state.
“The fact that some parts of Kajuru and Chikun LGAs, precisely Kujama, Maraba-Rido and Sabo-tasha, were reported to have witnessed unrest didn’t mean that the places mentioned earlier were also affected,” he said in a statement.
He then called on religious leaders, traditional rulers and other opinion leaders to caution their subjects against violence, but should, instead, embrace peace as virtue of both Islam and Christianity.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday, visited survivors of the attack in the hospitals where they are currently receiving treatment.
The governor also visited some communities within Kaduna and its environs in his bid to sue for peace and tolerance for one another in the state just as he appreciated security agents who have being on duty since Sunday evening.