Bloody Weekend In Kaduna, over 20 persons slaughtered, many more wounded
Bandits terrorising Kaduna state on Friday unleashed mayhem on Giwa community killing over twenty persons ans wounding dozen more
The killings and counter-killings occurred at Kaya community, which shares a boundary with Hayin Kaura village of Dandume local government area of Katsina State.
According to the security brief, the violence began on the 1st of January, 2021 when armed bandits attacked Kaya town and kidnapped some locals including two married women.
The bandits were fiercely pursued by a combined team of volunteers from Kaya, and from Hayin Kaura village of Katsina State, in keeping with their practice of supporting security efforts in their respective communities.
The bandits in the course of the confrontation kidnapped and killed one Shamsu Umar, a leader of the Kaya volunteers. His corpse was found on the 2nd of January 2021 after a search operation in the forest.
On the same day as the recovery of the corpse, unidentified persons came across some herders, and in apparent retaliation for the killing of Shamsu Umar, killed four of them, listed as follows:
At around 6:30pm yesterday, 2nd January 2021, over 50 motorcycles each carrying three-men wielding AK-47 rifles, stormed Kaya town in Giwa local government and began shooting sporadically.
Troops of the Nigerian Army and police operatives were quickly deployed to the location, along with an air platform of the Nigerian Air Force.
The names of those killed are listed below
Ibrahim Mohammed Maidoya
Three unidentified corpses were also recovered, said to be drivers in transit from from Funtua, Katsina State.
Similarly, the following persons sustained bullet wounds and are receiving medical attention at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Shika, Zaria:
Suleiman Mustapha Bashir
Muhammad Salisu Kaya
After the attack, security agencies confirmed that several shops, five vehicles and some motorcycles were burnt by the attackers.
The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai who was involved in coordinating responses to the attack on Saturday night, condoled the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls.
The Governor expressed deep concern, and tasked security agencies to carry out extensive investigations into the circumstances leading to the killings.