…As youths lynch alleged collaborator kinsman.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
In their now routine killing spree, bandits have once again reportedly murdered three people, while injuring one in separate attacks in a day in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.
Kaduna state security update of 20th February, 2021, obtained on Sunday, stated that the local youths allegedly collaborated with the bandits in the attacks on the victims.
Signed by Internal Security and Home Affairs commissioner, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the statement stressed that security agencies are still investigating alleged collaboration with bandits by some locals on the attacks.
It added that the sequence of reported attacks began in Ungwan Sha’awa in Kajuru local government area, where armed bandits killed one Ubangida Dogo in his home.
According to the report, Dogo’s son, Jude Ubangida, was injured by the bandits and now receiving treatment in hospital.
As the bandits withdrew from the village, they also attacked Ungwan Galadima in the same locality and killed one Bulus Gwamna.
“In Ungwan Gamu, along the same trail, one Daniel Danlami was similarly killed by the marauding bandits.
“Preliminary investigations, thereafter, suggested that the bandits conducted these attacks with the aid of some local youths.
“As security agencies probed this further, one such suspect simply known as ‘Doctor,’ from Kujeni Village, was swiftly attacked and killed by youths of Maro in revenge.
“Just before his death, he confessed his involvement in the attack, and named a certain Fidelis Ali, also from Maro, as another accomplice of the bandits. Ali has since been arrested and taken into custody by the Police,” it stated.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness at the reports of the killings, and sent his sincere condolences to the families of the slain, while praying for the repose of their souls.
The governor also expressed deep concern over the alleged involvement of local youths and, more so, the lynching of one of the suspects.
The governor appealed to citizens to allow investigations proceed and not usurp the process, reminding them that “jungle justice” is a grievous form of self-help and remains a crime.
Security agencies have thus been directed to identify the perpetrators of the lynching for prosecution.