Overview Of: The Government of Kaduna acknowledges the assault on the city of Kaya, killing several
Read!: The Government of Kaduna acknowledges the assault on the city of Kaya, killing several; On Sunday, the Kaduna State government announced that alleged gunmen had killed dozens of people in the state's Giwa Local Government District. This was confirmed in a statement by the State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan Aruwan,
"The military and other security agencies told the Kaduna State Government that several lives were lost in a series of killings and counter-killings in the Kaduna Central Senatorial District's Giwa local government area."
"The statement further added that "the killing and counter-killing took place in the Kaya community, which shares a border with the Dandume local government area of Katsina State village of Hayin Kaura.
“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 agencies 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:
Musa Lawal, Ibrahim Sani, Haruna Umar and Idi Isah
“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. The statement said
“Troops of the Nigerian Army and police operatives were quickly deployed to the location, along with an air platform of the Nigerian Air Force. Sadly, the following locals were killed: “Hudu Shafiu, Madaro Madaki, Ibrahim Hamida, Ibrahim Mohammed Maidoya, Kabiru Maitakalmi, Ibrahim Kayawa, Danladi Daiyabu, Zubairu Mailemu, Awwalu Yahaya, Audu Sarkar, and Maharazu Adamu.
“Three unidentified corpses said to be drivers in transit from Funtua, Katsina State were also recovered,
“Similarly, the following persons sustained bullet wounds and are receiving medical attention at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Shika, Zaria: “Mujahideen Muhammad, Suleiman Mustapha Bashir, Ibrahim Sulaiman, Nuhu Idris, Alkassim Ismail, Nafi’u Sirajo, Musa Magaji, Muhammad Salisu Kaya, Musa Ibrahim
“After the attack, security agencies confirmed that several shops, five vehicles and some motorcycles were burnt by the attackers.
“Aside the images attached to this security update, the Kaduna State Government is in possession of other highly disturbing images of casualties sustained in the killing and counter-killing, which cannot be made public for ethical considerations.
“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.
“As he has repeatedly done, the Governor appealed earnestly for recourse to the law as the main solution to the violence, killings and counter killings by aggrieved groups and Individuals.
“The Governor expressed deep concern, and tasked security agencies to carry out extensive investigations into the circumstances leading to the killings.” The statement said
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