Armed bandits have killed two people in Zangon Aya, Igabi local government area – one person each in Ungwan Murtala near Yakawada in Giwa and Godogodo in Jema’a local government areas of Kaduna state.
The bandits also injured three people during the attacks, while an effort to break into a police outpost in Godogodo was repelled by the police, who also quelled an unrest that surfaced following the attack, according to Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan.
“Security agencies have reported that armed bandits invaded Zangon Aya town in Igabi local government area. According to the report, two residents, Falalu Dari and Sabiu Idris, were killed by the bandits.
“The bandits also attacked Rugar Delu, a settlement on the fringes of the town and rustled about 30 cows belonging to one Delu Bafilata, a herder. Delu sustained gunshot injuries to the chest and is receiving treatment in hospital.
“In another reported incident, armed bandits invaded Ungwan Murtala in Yakawada, Giwa local government area, and shot one Inusa Ibrahim dead. Three other residents sustained injuries and are receiving treatment. They are: Mustapha Ya’u, Bilyaminu Saidu, Bilyaminu Abubakar.
“In Godogodo village of Jema’a local government area, armed bandits attempted to attack a police outpost but were effectively repelled by the personnel. However one Ayuba Madugu was killed by the gunmen.
“The incident threatened to bring about an escalation of ethno-religious tensions in the area. Security operatives moved swiftly to douse the tension, and brought the situation under control. Calm has returned to the area.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai received the reports and commiserated with the families of the deceased, while praying for the repose of their souls. He wished those injured in the attack a speedy recovery.
“The governor further commended security agencies and community leaders for deescalating the tension that arose in Godogodo town, which resulted in erection of barricades on the Gidan Waya – Godogodo -Jagindi road, causing motorists to retreat in panic.
“The governor appealed to the residents of Godogodo to work together and not perceive criminality from an ethno-religious standpoint. He urged them instead to cooperate with security agencies and other stakeholders to tackle criminals,” Aruwan said.