…2 military men among casualties. Several others injured.
…Locals allege over 70 properties destroyed.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Official statement by Kaduna State Government has confirmed 34 dead, after thorough search operations and detailed checks, in the last Sunday’s attack in Kaura local government area, a security agency’s report submitted to it has alleged, even as locals said there are more, and that over 70 properties were destroyed in the attacks.
A statement signed by the State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, also stated that the four locations were attacked by the unknown assailants.
According to the report, “Four locations attacked by unidentified assailants include Tsonje, Agban, Katanga and Kadarko, all within Kagoro Chiefdom of Kaura LGA.”
It added that, two military personnel were among the 34 killed, with local residents making up 32 casualties. The 32 locals killed are listed as Angelina Aboi, Godiya Iliya, Peace Iliya, Stephen Emmanuel, Patrick Pius, Gwamna Ishaya, Philip Joseph, Godwin Latong, Aba Chawai, Nancy Luka, Sophia Luka, Hosea James, Daniel Sofa, Geoffrey Ado, Bala James, Henry Dauda, Augustine Iliya, Irmiya Michael, Murna Luka, Monday Buki, and Reuben Kumai.
Others include Zilien Gudak, Anita Dauda Kawai, Rifkatu Dauda Kawai, Titi Bawa, Jacob Yayock, Samuel Ufui, Silas Bulus, Victor Ayuka, Jummai Yunana, Sunday Tachio, and Hope Luka.
Seven people were also injured and are receiving treatment. They are listed as (according to the report): Ndau Abba Mani Luka, Habila Sambo, Ibrahim Daniel, Julius Tachio, Rose Sunday, Sadunga Kamai.
“One Mrs Abigail Joshua, from Adan community, is currently missing. Furthermore, over 200 houses and 32 shops were burnt in the attack. Three vehicles and 17 motorcycles were vandalized,” the report added.
Condemning the attack in the strongest terms, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i expressed his grief at the feedback, and sent condolences to the families of the locals killed.
He prayed for the repose of their souls as he wished the injured a quick recovery.
The governor also condoled the Military High Command and the families of the military personnel, who paid the ultimate prize in the line of duty during the attack.
“The governor offered prayers for the repose of their souls. Going further, the governor appealed to citizens to remain calm and cooperate with security agencies, as efforts were sustained to stabilize the area.
“The Kaduna State Government enjoined all residents to carefully observe the 24-hour curfew in force in the area. The curfew was declared on the advice of security agencies to prevent the escalation of violence.
He said, security reports revealed that criminals took advantage of the chaos to wreak havoc of their own. “A bus was attacked by a mob in Agban, and the conductor was killed. Similarly, some places of worship were torched as tension rose in Kafanchan.
“The curfew is, therefore, essential to urgently stem the tide of violence. Government is working ceaselessly with security forces to restore normalcy to the area. Deep consultations with stakeholders are also ongoing,” it stated.