No fewer than six persons have been killed in a reprisal attack at Ungwan Bido village of Jema’a Local Government Area of the state, following killing of a herdsman at Ungwan Pah village of the same local area.
The Kaduna State Government confirmed the killings, saying it received a report of killing and counter killing in Jema’a local government area of the state.
“The state government condemns these attacks and the loss of lives and has directed security agencies to investigate and arrest all persons involved in the criminal actions,” a statement by the state commissioner for Home Affairs and Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, said.
“According to a security update issued to the citizens, the state government said it received the operational feedback from the military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) highlighting the unfortunate incidents.”
Mr Aruwan said the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has also directed the military and police to accelerate investigation and ensure diligent prosecution of those responsible for the killing.
“The military on Saturday, 28th November 2020, reported to the government that one herder, Isiyaka Saidu of Ungwan Pah village of Jema’a local government was killed by unknown persons with deep knife cuts on his head.
According to him, the military further stated that three persons, Victor Markus, Gero David and Thankgod Sunday, were arrested at Ungwan Pah and Ungwan Bido villages of Jema’a.
But in a reprisal attack on Sunday, the Ungwan Bido village was attacked, and six persons were killed. The state government gives the names of the victims as Silas Maman, Malaki Tabat, Geofree Andrew, Anna Ahmadu, Sunday Tagwai, Fidelis Musa.
The two missing children are Rebecca Àndrew and Clement Andrew, while the four injured persons are Adamu Mangai, Matta Silas, Yaro Musa and Yaro Andrew.
According to Mr Aruwan, the houses of Adamu Mangai, Gideon Nuhu, Andrew Adamu and Alphonsus Michael were razed down by the attackers.
Mr El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and prayed for the repose of their souls; and he has wished those that sustained injuries speedy recovery.
The state government has directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, to as a matter of urgency provide relief materials to citizens whose houses were burnt as well as those injured in the attack.