10 killed, houses razed as unknown gunmen invade Southern Kaduna community

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An early money attack by unknown gunmen on Nandu Gbok in Sanga local government area of Kaduna state on Saturday left 10 people including children dead and dozens of houses burnt.

Member representing Jema’a and Sanga federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Shehu Nicholas Garba, said 10 people were killed by the gunmen, while 30 houses were burnt down.

He however called for improved security presence, federal and state governments interventions and provision of relief materials for the victims.

Garba warned against revenge saying that reprisal attacks would not yield any good. 

Meanwhile, Kaduna state government has condemned the killings.

While pledging efforts to apprehend the perpetrators, the state authority called for peace and calm from the affected people and community. 

A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said: “The Kaduna state government has confirmed the killing of nine citizens by criminal elements who attacked Nandu village in Sanga LGA in the early hours of Saturday.

“The government condemned the killings. Governor Nasir el-Rufai has commiserated with the survivors and the families of the victims after being briefed by the security agencies. The security agencies have so far recovered nine corpses, including children.

“The attackers also burnt several houses in the village. The government condemns this attack on the life and security of citizens and appeals to our communities to resist those who do not want peace.

“The governor, on behalf of the government and people of Kaduna state, commiserates with the families of the victims and prays for the repose of their souls. Government, security agencies, traditional and religious institutions will continue to work towards sustainable peace. In this moment of grief, we must come together to defeat the machinations of those who have no notion of respect for the lives of others.

“Violence has left an unacceptable toll of death and injury, loss of livelihoods, pain and fear. We must overcome this by respecting our common humanity, settling differences peacefully and promptly reporting threats and suspicions to the appropriate authorities. Evil will never triumph over our common humanity.

“Security agencies have been deployed in the area, and the State Emergency Management Agency has been directed to immediately provide relief materials to the affected community,” Aruwan added.  

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