Ahmad Abdulrahman, Kaduna State Police Commissioner, has faulted Nasir el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, for giving out mistaken figures of the loss of life toll within the assault at Kajuru Native Authorities Space.
At a press briefing on Thursday, Ahmad warned the governor in opposition to citing any determine till an investigation has been concluded to establish the variety of these killed.
The settlements affected embrace Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.
The Commissioner of Police, said that the Police have been unaware of the assault “till when the Fulani themselves got here out to inform us after we’ve got secured the place at the side of the army, that they approached to accompany them to their hamlet with a purpose to bury their useless relations.”
He continued: “I instructed the governor that figures in a disaster of this magnitude needs to be left till all investigations have been concluded and all of the areas the place we’re getting info from are lined.
“You can’t provide you with a determine in any other case you’ll quote a specific determine now and quote one other later.
“That is what is occurring now. So far as the police are involved, we’re investigating and the investigation continues to be within the embryonic stage, till the time we lined all of the areas, we can not quote any determine.
“The disaster occurred in a terrain that was stuffed with hamlets, which have been troublesome to evaluate with our automobiles. We’re nonetheless uncovering areas the place no one had visited. We at the moment are on the stage of disaster administration, which could be very delicate.
“That’s the reason no one ought to stampede our investigation. If the governor tells you that the casualty determine is 200, he’s simply quoting figures.
“It could possibly be greater than that or lower than that. For instance, the place the place 36 folks have been stated to have been buried, was not on the purview of the safety companies on the graduation of the investigation.
“There was a mix-up within the assertion by the Fulani that the policemen took footage of the corpses they buried one after one other.”
CP Ahmad added that the army needed to go to the place the our bodies have been buried aforehand as a result of troublesome terrain of the place.
“That very hamlet the place they talked about burying 37 corpses was found by the army.
“The terrain was very horrible and we couldn’t even establish areas affected by the disaster between February 10 and 11 when it began. So, no policeman went forward of the army.
“It was the army that went there first to help the native Fulani that have been affected and assist them bury their useless family.”