Amid Covid-19 lockdown, gunmen invade Kaduna communities; kill 7, kidnap 1

Unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have attacked three communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state, killing seven people, while one person was abducted. 

Five people who sustained injuries were said to have been taken to the Sabon Tasha General Hospital, Kaduna for treatment. 

The attacks, according to Peter Aboki, President of Gbagyi Development Union (GDU), started in the early hours of Thursday up till about 4:00pm as the bandits went from village to village shooting and killing people in Akwunakwo, Kabirasha and Damba villages.

Speaking in a telephone interview on Friday, Aboki said two people were killed in Akwunakwo where the attack started in the early hours of Thursday. 

“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 at about 4:00pm and five people were killed. We suspect that the attack was by the same people” he said. 

Aboki said the bandits burnt houses, food stuffs and vehicles during the attacks on the villages. He said communities along that axis are becoming a no go area as a result of the deadly activities of bandits. 

“We know that government is doing its best to address the security situation, but we want government to do more because people are being killed or abducted almost on a daily basis. 

“Those areas are becoming a no go area as a result of the deadly activities of bandits and we want government to do everything possible to stop these frequent loss of lives and destruction of property” Aboki said. 

Meanwhile, Kaduna state Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammad Jalige could not be reached as he did not respond to telephone calls when contacted. 

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