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Angry youths stone El-Rufai over herdsmen killings

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Angry youth in southern Kaduna pelted the convoy of Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, with stones on Tuesday.

The youth were protesting the continuous killings allegedly perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.

El-Rufai and Barnabas Bantex, his deputy, were on their way to Jema’a local government area in Southern Kaduna, when the incident happened.

A source said the attack on the governor’s convoy was as a result of rising tension in Kafanchan after a 24-hour curfew imposed by local government authorities.

Samuel Aruwan, el-Rufai’s spokesman, could not be reached for comments on the attack on the convoy.

He neither answered calls nor responded to the text message sent to his telephone.

But speaking at the palace of Muhammadu Muhammadu, emir of Jema’a; the governor said his administration was working hard to ensure the safety of lives and property.

“I and the deputy governor took oath of office to protect lives and property of all citizens and we are committed to ensuring that this is achieved,” El-Rufai said.

He called on all leaders of Southern Kaduna communities to support efforts to at ensuring that peace returned to the area.

El-Rufai also pleaded with the youth not to take laws into their hands in the event of any crisis.

He asked traditional rulers to caution their subjects against violence.