Ahmad Abdulrahman, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, has revealed that he advised Governor Nasir El-Rufai against quoting any random figure of the number of casualties recorded in the recent ethnic crisis between the Adara and Fulani in Kajuru area of Kaduna State.
Mr. Abdulrahman who spoke on Thursday noted that his men are still carrying out investigation to get the actual figure of casualties from the ugly incident.
He further noted that both the Adara people and the Fulani’s have different casualty figures contrary to what El-Rufai quoted.
The governor had recently claimed that the death toll in the incident had increased. El-Rufai reportedly said that 130 people (mostly Fulani’s) were killed and buried in a shallow grave.
The Police Commissioner however revealed that El-Rufai’s figure was wrong, adding that the figure on ground is actually different from what the governor quoted.
“I told the governor that figures in a crisis of this magnitude should be left (unquoted) until all investigations have been concluded in all the areas where information is coming from, are covered.
“You cannot come up with a figure, otherwise you will quote a particular figure now and quote another later. This is what is happening now. As far as the police are concerned, we are still investigating and the investigation is ongoing.”
“We are working on three prominent theories. First is that unknown gunmen believed to be Fulani, attacked the Adara people and escaped in the night on 11 February. The DPO in charge of the area immediately mobilised his men to the area and combed the bushes in search of the perpetrators in the middle of the night.
“It was there that they started seeing the carnage. Unfortunately, the Adara natives went to the Fulani communities and carried out a reprisal.
“However, we have arrested one of the suspected Fulani that attacked the Adara people.”