Kaduna state government has warned individuals circulating false images of crises victims via social media platforms that they would be severely punished. The government claims that these individuals hope to incite people to violence in Kaduna state.
The government who spoke through a spokesman, Samuel Aruwan said at a news briefing in Kaduna that the decision was taken during the Kaduna State Security Council meeting. He said that the meeting was to appraise the security situation in Birnin-Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Kaduna-Abuja express way and the Zaria-Kubau-Giwa axis. After the meeting, several decisions were adopted to enhance security in these areas.
Aruwan said that the council was particularly concerned over the massive circulations of disturbing images of dead bodies that had been circulated as the aftermath of the recent violence in Kajuru local government. “It is clear that the people circulating these images are hell bent on deepening the unfortunate incidence that occurred last month”, he said.
The council has thus issued a warning those individuals circulating these images with a call to revenge to desist at once because “anyone found guilty will be prosecuted accordingly without fear or favor”. He then informed the public that several arrests have been made during the course of the investigation and the security agencies are close to making more.
He concluded by urging the families of the victims to ignore the wishes of the evil perpetrators that hope to achieve nothing but to incite more violence. “While the Kaduna state government is involved in multi dimensional approach towards meditation and peace building, the Governor wishes to appeal to the affected communities to resist appeals for reprisals and also refrain from taking the law into their hands.”
“Furthermore, the Government wishes to reiterate that no one found complicit in the Kajuru killings of last month would be spared. The ongoing prosecution is a testament of the will to ensure justice and rights in the state. Therefore, resort to self help or jungle justice breeds nothing but a vicious cycle of bloodletting and desecration of human life”.
The Kajuru violence occurred in mid-July when an alleged fight broke out between farmers and cattle herders leaving about 30 people dead and several injured.