by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A herdsman has been reportedly killed in an alleged reprisal attack in Goska community in Jema’a Local Government Area of southern part of Kaduna State, creating suspicion, a release by the state internal security and home affairs commissioner, Mr Samuel Aruwan, has stated.
Aruwan stated that the Defence Headquarters outfit operating in Southern Kaduna general area, ‘Operation Safe Haven’ (OPSH) has already reported the incident to Kaduna State Government, alleging that the killing of a herder was a reprisal attack in the LG.
According to the military, the corpse of Hamisu Bello, a young herder, was recovered in a forest at Rafin Dadi, Kaninkon Chiefdom of the LGA, bearing deep machete cuts.
“Preliminary investigations by the military revealed that, Bello came to the area to graze cattle, and did not return home, prompting a search, which led to the discovery of his corpse.
“Further checks by the military indicated that he was killed by aggrieved locals, following the killing of four farmers in Goska, in same LGA.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the report with sadness, and condoled the family of the herder, while praying for the repose of his soul.
The governor reiterated appeals for all residents to maintain recourse to law, and not engage in reprisal actions. He also tasked security agencies to conduct diligent investigations into the incident”, the statement stressed.
Recalled that four persons were reportedly killed and one injured by alleged herdsman in Goska community in same Jema’a LG on Tuesday night, two among them were farmers.