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14 reportedly killed and many others injured as gunmen invades two Southern Kaduna villages under 24 hours

Goska Village in ruins after the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen

In Jema’a Local Government Area, at a place called Bakin Kogi in Kaninkon Village, some unknown gunmen invaded and killed certain number of persons on Sunday around 5:30pm.

The number of causality is current not known and security officials reportedly repelled the attack.

Similar attack also occurred in another village called Ashim in Kaura Local Government Area just 12 hours after the attack at Jema’a LGA. This time, 14 persons were reportedly killed and others injured.

According to the Chairman of the Local Government Interim Management Committee, Alexander Iya, he said that the unknown gunmen invaded the village around 6am killing people and destroying properties and food crops.

He noted that those killed, mostly women and children, had been deposited at the Kafanchan General Hospital

“Those injured are being treated at the Kaura General Hospital,” he said.

He also said that one of the gunmen was killed by security personnel who repelled the attack.

Nigerian soldiers

Nigerian soldiers

It is not yet known who these gunmen are, but everyone must current suspect they are armed Fulani herdsmen, as most Southern Kaduna crisis are between Fulani herdsmen and Southern Kaduna people.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who is already working hard to ensure that these attacks don’t occur again sent his condolence to the families of the victims, ensuring the state government full commitment to making sure the area is secured by soldiers and police.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

Read the statement by the Government of Kaduna State below;

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The Kaduna State Government on Monday announced that the Garrison Commander of the 1 Division of the Nigerian Army and the state’s Commissioner of Police have relocated to the southern part of the state.

This is to enable Brigadier-General Ismaila Isa and CP Agyole Abeh coordinate a determined response to renewed attacks by armed bandits on communities in Kaura and Jema’a local government areas.

The situation has been brought under control by this afternoon, but security operations continue.

A government statement said that Malam Nasir El-Rufai has extended his condolence to the families of the victims of the renewed attacks which began last night, 19th February 2017. The governor assured them that the government is fully committed to securing the area, with the active support of the army and the police.

The statement added that the two battalions of the army and the 10 mobile police squadrons are engaging the bandits, as the duty state carries out its obligations to secure the area, protect lives and rout these armed bandits.

The governor said that despite these difficulties and the pain of the attacks, this is not the time to give the bandits the pleasure of seeing victims turn on each other. He called for support for the army and the security agencies as they work to repel attacks and crush the bandits.

Unknown gunmen in a coordinated attack invaded Bakin Kogi, Kaninkon Village in Jemaa Local Government Area in the State on Sunday 19th February, 2017 at about 5:30pm. They were repulsed by Operation Yaki Surveillance Patrol Teams and Operation Harmony Patrol Teams. Further attacks were recorded today in Kaura local government. Fatalities were recorded and some houses were burnt in the attacks.

“I have been in touch with the security agencies and I have been studiously following the situation in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas over the unfortunate attacks. I want to, first of all, extend myheartfelt condolences to the families and relations that lost their loved ones and properties in these unfortunate attacks. My prayers and support equally goes to citizens that sustained injuries and are traumatised by what they witnessed.

“This is clearly a wicked, evil and devilish act being perpetrated by enemies of peace and humanity.

“I also wish to commend our gallant soldiers and police personnel, who are defending our communities.The Kaduna State Government will continue to work assiduously with security agencies towards the protection of life and property.”

Signed

Samuel Aruwan

Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)
20th February 2017

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