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Joel Amadi’s Father Dies After Being Shot By Herdsmen

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Nigerian singer, Joel Amadi known as Joel, has revealed that his father was reportedly shot dead by herdsmen in Kaduna state.

The music star made this known via his Twitter page on Saturday, July 25, 2020.

“It’s just been confirmed that my lovely Dad is dead-shot by herdsmen and my mom and sisters can’t even talk to me on the phone, please tag @elrufai he needs to know that he is not doing enough to curb the state of terrorism in Kaduna state,” he tweeted.

Prior to the unfortunate incident, Amadi had taken to his Instagram page on Friday, July 24, 2020, where he shared the news of his father’s kidnap.

“Killing is going on in my father’s village Zikpak, Kafanchan and my Dad has been missing, including other villagers are missing and houses are being burnt yet no help.

Please repost this till it gets to the governor @elrufai of Kaduna state and the necessary armed forces of Nigeria,” he wrote.

A statement made by the presidential aide Garba Shehu earlier this week reads;

“The Presidency wishes to state that the problem of insecurity in Southern Kaduna State is more complicated than many people are willing to admit.

From available records, Southern Kaduna enjoys comprehensive security deployments, including the Army, Special Forces of both the Army and the Air Force, surveillance aircraft by the Air Force, and mobile police units that are on the ground on a 24-hour basis to forestall criminality and keep the peace.

But unlike other parts of the country, the problem of Southern Kaduna is more complicated than many critics are ready to acknowledge and understand.

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From available security records, the problem in Southern Kaduna is an evil combination of politically-motivated banditry, revenge killings and mutual violence by criminal gangs acting on ethnic and religious grounds.

It is a situation in which one criminal group will kill a member of another criminal group out of ethnic and religious motivations which in turn leads to the eruption of revenge and counter-revenge, thereby making the job of the security personnel deployed to protect lives more difficult.

We note that revenge and counter-revenge only creates a circle of violence, thereby making everyone else unsafe, especially innocent people.

The Presidency advises the people against taking the law into their own hands, which makes the job of security personnel more difficult. Instead, they should report any security breach or threat to peace to the law enforcement agencies.

What is required is for the local authorities to radically improve their intelligence capabilities so that security agencies will be alerted in a timely manner to enable them to forestall any planned attacks.

The Presidency, in the same manner, condemns the recent attacks by bandits in Igali, Birnin Gwari, and Giwa local government areas of the State while urging security agencies to intensify their response”.

According to reports, the latest community to be affected is Agwala Magayaki of Doka Avong in Kajuru Local Government Area, where 7 persons have been killed, including an 85-year-old man. 

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Written by Annie Phillips

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