BANDITS STRIKE IN SOUTHERN KADUNA, KILL 7 , SOKAPU RAISES ALARM

Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

Bandits suspected to be kidnappers have attacked three villages in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing seven persons and injuring others, the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union has said.

The SOKAPU’s National Public Relations Officer, Luka Binniyat, said this in a statement in Kaduna on Friday.

The statement read, “Thursday, April 23, 2020, Akwunakwo village, near Gwagwada in the Chikun LGA was attacked. We are informed that a soldier was killed and one other native of the village.

“In the course of the violence being unleashed on Akwunakwo, residents of nearby Kabrasha village fled. When the invaders arrived in the village, they found a dumb and deaf man who was unaware of what was going on and abducted him, after looting the village.

The wanton waste of precious lives in Southern Kaduna communities by armed herdsmen continued last night, April 23.”

President of Gbagyi Development Union, Peter Aboki, said, “The attack started in Akwunakwo in the early hours of Thursday, two people were killed. The herdsmen then moved to the neighbouring Kabirasha village.

“I have not received information about any casualty there, except the abduction of a deaf and dumb person by the invaders.

“This is because by the time the gunmen got there, the villagers had fled following news of the attack on Akwunakwo. Damba village was attacked about 4:00pm and five people were killed. We suspect that the attack was by the same people.”

The statement added, “Yesterday also, armed herdsmen attacked Kujeni village in the Kajuru LGA in daytime and Geoffrey Zakka, 25 was killed. One woman and a child were injured and more than 25 houses burnt down. The ECWA church in the town and its pastorium were also razed completely.”

Meanwhile, Kaduna Police Command’s spokesman, ASP Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached for confirmation of the incident, as he did not respond to telephone calls put across to him.

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