Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo has described the killings in Southern Kaduna as the activities of criminal elements on both sides and not ethnic cleansing as it is being claimed.
General Okonkwo who briefed journalists after the high-level security meeting which held at the council chambers of Government House Kaduna, said that “what they have were attacks on some communities and reprisal attacks.”
According to him, both sides of the conflict have been attacking each other but “the reports are not balanced.
General Okonkwo said that there is a need for the communities to embrace peace, adding that “we will create the conducive environment for them to meet dialogue and resolve issues so that they can continue to live together as they have been living together.”
Earlier, in his welcome address, Governor Nasir el-Rufai said that his administration has done everything within its constitutional powers to bring peace into Southern Kaduna and all parts of the state for over five years.