Several People Feared Killed As Gunmen Attack Kaduna Village

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No fewer than 14 people have been reportedly killed with 17 others injured after gunmen attacked Ungwan Paa-Gwandara village in Godogodo Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, the Chairman of the Local Government, Mr Peter Averik told Channels Television that the gunmen invaded the community on Sunday evening and opened fire on residents who were attending a wedding ceremony.

However, the chairman could not ascertain the number of casualties, but eyewitnesses who spoke with our correspondent said women and children were among the 14 people killed in the attack.

The eyewitnesses explained that nine persons died on the spot, while five died today at the Kafanchan General Hospital, where those who sustained injuries are still receiving treatment.

Meanwhile, the council chairman says a combined team of security operatives have been deployed to the affected community and environs to maintain law and order.

Five Killed, Eight Others Injured In Fresh Kaduna Attack

 

At least five people have been killed and eight others injured in an attack by suspected armed men in Kuriga, a village in Kaduna State on Friday.

The armed bandits were also said to have carted away over 80 cows from the villagers, who are predominantly herders and farmers.

The Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed this to Channels Television.

According to him, the gunmen stormed the village on Friday afternoon and opened fire on worshippers inside a mosque while they were observing their prayers.

He further stated that the bandits fled into the nearby bush before the arrival of security operatives.

He, however, said that a combined team of soldiers and mobile policemen have launched a manhunt of the bandits.

Kuriga is a village located along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna – an area that has been notorious for deadly attacks by gunmen since the beginning of the year.

 

Kaduna Attack: Residents, Police Give Conflicting Figures Of Victims

 

Some resident have gone missing following a fresh attack which occurred along the Birnin-Gwari road in Kaduna State on Friday.

While the number of victims has remained unclear, eye-witnesses in the community say one person was killed while 25 others were abducted.

The Police spokesperson in the state, Muhktar Aliyu, however, told Channels Television that only two people were kidnapped, including the driver of a commercial vehicle and another woman passenger.

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Aliyu said the incident occurred in the early hours of Friday, when the armed bandits intercepted two commercial vehicles travelling from Kaduna to Niger state.

According to him, the armed men had attempted to abduct the passengers before the intervention of mobile policemen posted to the area.

He added that one of the passengers died during a shootout between the police and the armed bandits, who later escaped with two of the passengers into the forest.

Aliyu, however, stated that the police has since launched a manhunt of the bandits with a view to rescuing the abductees.

Seven Killed, Five Injured In Fresh Kaduna Attack

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At least seven people have been killed and five others injured following a fresh attack by armed bandits in three communities in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state, in Nigeria’s North West region.

The latest attack comes just two days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Buratai inaugurated a two Battalion Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Birnin-Gwari.

The Kaduna state police command Public Relations Officer, Muktar Aliyu, who confirmed the incident to Channels Television said the armed bandits invaded Mashigi, Dakwaro, Sabon Gida villages at about 5 pm on Wednesday evening, and started shooting sporadically, burning down houses and farmlands in an operation which the residents said lasted for over three hours.

The police spokesman said seven people were killed and five others injured during the attack, while he also disclose that mobile policemen have been deployed to the communities to apprehend the bandits and forestall further attacks.

Hundreds of people including security operatives have been killed and several others abducted in Birnin-Gwari in the past one year in series of attacks by armed bandits.

These repeated attacks which seem unabated is now giving the residents of the area sleepless nights as they are worried about their safety.

The residents are calling on the Federal Government to live up to their responsibilities by protecting lives and properties of its citizens.

Several Killed In Fresh Attack On Kaduna Community

At least six people have been killed and many others sustained injuries when gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers attacked Kaguru village in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television that eight people were killed by the armed bandits during the attack which occurred on Wednesday night.

Confirming the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Mukhtar Aliyu, however, put the casualty figure at six.

Aliyu explained that the hoodlums invaded the community when the residents went to bed after which they started shooting indiscriminately and burning down houses before the arrival of security operatives.

He noted that more troops had been deployed to the affected region, while those that sustained injuries were taken to Birnin Gwari General Hospital for urgent medical treatment.

Birnin Gwari, located in the central senatorial zone of Kaduna state has become notorious for kidnapping, armed robbery and cattle rustling for quite some time, a situation that has become a major security challenge for residents and the state government.

Kaduna Attack: Govt. Enforces 24-Hour Curfew

Godgodo, death toll, KadunaThe Kaduna State Security Council has enforced a 24-hour curfew in Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas of Kaduna State with immediate effect.

This follows the recent attacks by gunmen that claimed lives and property in some communities in the two local government areas.

A statement by the spokesman for the state government, Samuel Aruwan, says the action became necessary in order to protect the lives of residents and avoid further breakdown of law and order in the two Local Government Areas.

The statement directs all security agencies on a special operation in the two local government areas to ensure strict compliance of the curfew, stating that only workers on special duties and those on humanitarian services are allowed free movement after due clearance by security agencies.

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Five In Fresh Kaduna Attack

Gunmen Kill One, Injure Six In Fresh Kaduna AttackUnknown gunmen have attacked Zankan village in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing one person and injuring five others.

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident to our correspondent, said that the gunmen invaded the community, a predominantly Fulani settlement on Saturday night and opened fire on the residents.

He said that security operatives have been deployed to the area to avert any form of fresh attacks or reprisal.

An indigene of the area and Deputy Chief Imam in Jema’a Emirate Council, Mohammed Kabiru also disclosed that the gunmen attacked the village at about 9PM.

He said that they shot a 13-year-old boy dead, while other injured persons have been rushed to a hospital in nearby Plateau state.

The attack comes barely three days after Fulanis and natives of Southern Kaduna reached an accord to end the killings in the area.

Zankan is a border town between Plateau and Kaduna state.

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In Kaduna

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In KadunaAt least ten people have been killed and many houses destroyed following a fresh attack by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at Goska and Kaninkon villages in Jemaa Local Government of Kaduna State.

An eyewitness told our correspondent that the gunmen numbering over 100 stormed the villages on Saturday evening when the people were preparing for the Christmas celebration, and started shooting and burning down houses.

The attack, according to the villagers continued unabated till the following morning, while all the residents fled from their homes to neigbouring communities for fear of being caught in the attack.

The fresh attack was carried out despite the curfew that was imposed on three local government areas in the southern part of Kaduna – Kaura, Jemaa and Zango-Kataf.

Already, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attacks, and vowed to fish out those that invaded Goska.

The Governor, who empathized with families that lost loved ones, charged security agencies to double their efforts towards halting the persistent killing of innocent people.

The Governor said: “While the government and security agencies were working assiduously to block all windows to ensure that citizens throughout the three local government areas are protected and the state at large, these forces of darkness that represent evil and inhumanity struck again killing innocent citizens, burnt their houses and injured some and terrified many.

“Government and security agencies will not be deterred. We will continue to be resilient, up and doing and courageous in tackling this unfortunate situation. Their tactics are to create a chasm, divide people, breed hate and prejudice and plunge the state into chaos but we will triumph over these evil forces by the grace of almighty God.

“No amount of evil will change our deep commitment. We will continue to be firm, decisive and put lives of our citizenry and their well-being as our ultimate goal.

“We will see the end of these messengers of hell who are out to cause pains by attacking unsuspecting citizens in our communities. They are threats to our existence; they are deviants that we must all put our hands together irrespective of religion, ethnicity and political inclinations to confront.

“They become stronger only when our people are divided instead of coming together to weaken and neutralize them and the evil they represent and to free our humanity from their devilish act.

“It is also clear, that resorting to self-help compounds the precarious situation thereby, breeding the cycle of vicious killings. It must be clear to all by now that inciting of tit-for-tat does not help our security agencies and communities attain our quest for peace and those calling for that will also be brought to justice.

“The State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to take inventory of those affected and also bring relief materials to assist the victims of the attack.

“Our deep empathy and prayers go to the families that lost their loved ones, those that lost their homes and properties. May their souls rest in peace and may God see us through this challenging time.”

Suspected Boko Haram Members Kill Security Operative In Kaduna

Boko HaramGunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect have killed a security operative at the Ungwan Keke in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A Joint team of Security Operatives on Sunday engaged in a gun battle with the suspected terrorists.

An eyewitness said the suspected Boko Haram members, who were residing in the community where the security operatives raided on Sunday, escaped after several hours of the gun battle with the security operatives.

The eyewitness, who is a native of Ungwa Keke village, said the security operatives arrived at the village at about 1:00am and went straight to the home of the suspected terrorists and opened fire on them.

He, however, said the security operatives arrested wives of the suspected members of the sect.

Confirming the incident, the Head of the community, Malam Suleiman Mohammed, said the joint security team, comprising of Soldiers and the State Security Service (SSS) before the raid, ordered residents out of their houses to avoid collateral damages.

Efforts to get the Deputy Director, Army Public Relation of the One Division of the Nigerian Army Kaduna, Colonel Abdul Usman, to comment on the operation did not yield results, as at the time of filing this report.

Gunmen Attack Bullion Van in Kaduna, Four Policemen Feared Dead

Four Policemen have been allegedly killed when some unknown gunmen attacked a bullion van near a first generation bank along the Nnamdi Azikiwe by-pass in Kaduna metropolis.

Eye witnesses said that the affected policemen, who were posted to the bank, had closed from work on Monday at about 4:30 pm  and were  leaving the bank premises when the gunmen, who came in a motor bike, opened  fire on them.

The gunmen, according to the witnesses, later zoomed off after shooting sporadically in the air, leaving the four officers in the pool of their own blood.

The Kaduna Police Command Public Relations Officer, Aminu Lawal, who confirmed the incident to reporters, however, denied that four Policemen were killed, insisting that it was too early to ascertain whether the officers were killed or not as they had been taken to the hospital for treatment.

This incident is happening just hours after two people were killed and scores of others seriously injured in a bloody clash between Fulani herdsmen and natives of Manchock community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Governor Vows To Arrest Perpetrators Of Kaduna Attack

The Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Ramalan Yero has visited Aduwan Gida village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of the state where he promised to bring to book the culprits of last Saturday’s attack in which five members of a family were killed.

The Kaduna State Governor, Muktar Ramalan Yero

The attackers reportedly stormed a compound and opened fire on the family members observing the anniversary of the death of the leader of the family. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kaduna State has seen similar shootings where gunmen raided villages, killing scores in what police often describe as armed robbery attacks.

At the home of the family of the deceased, Mr. Yero condemned the attack, describing it as unwarranted, while giving the assurance that the perpetrators of the act will be apprehended and prosecuted accordingly.

Also at the residence of the traditional ruler of the village, Nuhu Bature, the governor restated government’s commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the entire people of the state.

The governor also visited the surviving victims of the attack at the Saint Louis hospital where he directed that they should be transferred to the 44 Nigerian Army reference hospital for proper medical attention.

While reiterating his administration’s commitment to ensuring genuine peaceful co-existence in Kaduna State, Mr. Yero vowed to deal with any person or group found attempting to cause a breach of the peace.