Governor Malam Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has ordered troops of the Nigerian military and police to beef up security at the Kaduna Airport and other strategic locations.
He gave the directive at a meeting between the state government, the Nigerian Army, Police, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria, and community leaders held at Kutungare village, Igabi local government.
Naija News reports that the deployment was aimed at beefing up security around the Kaduna Airport Road, Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road Roundabout and the Nigerian Defence Academy Road.
The Nigerian Air Force will secure the immediate premises of the Kaduna Airport, its staff quarters, and other critical aviation assets in the airport.
El-Rufai was representing at the meeting by the Commissioner, Internal Security, and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
Aruwan said: “We are here to see for ourselves the ongoing aggressive fighting patrols by the newly deployed troops and police operatives in these locations.
“This will complement the Nigerian Air Force who is working in the immediate airport environment, while the troops and operatives cover the general area.”
Speaking at the meeting, the Garrison Commander, One Division Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen Olusegun Abai said communities have roles to play in enhancing security through information sharing and working harmoniously with security agencies.
He added that the army will be open to the communities in line with the principles of civil-military relations.