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President Buhari reacts to killings in Kaduna

- President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killings in Kaduna

- The president said the violence that claimed about 55 persons' lives is unacceptable

- He commended the Kaduna state government for the effort made so far to curb the violence

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, October 21, condemned the violence in Kaduna state and commended the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, for efforts made so far to prevent total breakdown of law and order.

The president, in a statement released on Sunday, said the killings which started on Thursday, October 18, said he frowned against the disregard for the sanctity of human life as exhibited in the Kaduna crisis.

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He said: "The violence in Kaduna, which has resulted in the deaths of 55 innocent people, is condemnable. The police have been authorized to do everything possible to restore calm. A Special Intervention Force has been deployed to the flash-points, and the Inspector General (IG) will provide regular updates.

"The disregard for the sanctity of human life is unacceptable. Violence is an ill-wind that blows nobody any good. I appeal to community leaders and citizens to always choose dialogue, patience and tolerance, to prevent crises from escalating into violence.

"Let me also commend the Kaduna state government for its rapid response to the crisis. The federal government and its law enforcement agencies will work with the state government and community leaders to ensure the full restoration of peace and security."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Kaduna state government on Sunday, October 21, said the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis and environs was a preemptive measure to avert breakdown of law and order.

Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Nasiru El-Rufai said in a telephone interview that the action was based on the advice of security chiefs in the state.

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