JUST IN: Gunmen kill district head, three others in Kaduna

By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna

Bandits have killed the District Head of Gidan Zaki, in Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna Haruna Kuye and his son, Destiny Kuye in the early hours of Tuesday.

They also left his wife and daughter with machete and gunshot wounds respectively.

The Nation also gathered two persons were killed and others kidnapped in another attack on Fatika, Kaya and Yakawada villages of Giwa Local Govermment Area.

The fresh attacks are coming few hours after 11 persons were confirmed killed by bandits in Igabi Local Government Area.

Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, worried by the development, has however directed Commissioner of Police and Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) to team up with the military forces and fish killers of the District Head and other victims of the latest attacks.

Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the fresh attacks in a statement on Tuesday morning, also disclosed the identity of 11 persons killed in Albasu village of Igabi and one other at Maraban Kajuru on Monday.

According to him: “The military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven has informed the Kaduna State Government of the killing of the District Head of Gidan Zaki, Mr. Haruna Kuye and his son, Destiny Kuye in the early hours of today (Tuesday, 17th November 2020). They were killed in their residence at Gidan Zaki, Zangon Kataf local government.

“The District Head’s wife, according to the military, sustained machete wounds on her hand while his daughter had a gunshot wound on her finger.

“The security report further stated that the act was carried out by about five men wielding AK-47 rifles and machetes, who also tried to burn the house and a vehicle.

“The military added that location that three empty cases and a live round of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered at the scene. Troops in collaboration with other security agencies are carrying out investigations and trailing the assailants.

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“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the killings as evil and violation of the sanctity of the human lives by enemies of peace who must be fished out and made to face the wrath of the law.

“The Governor who condoled the Kuye family and the Atyap Traditional Council, prayed for the repose of the souls of the District Head and his son.

“Malam El-Rufai praised the late Haruna Kuye for his contributions to the peace-building efforts in Zangon-Kataf.

“The Governor has directed the Commissioner of Police and Director of the Department of State Services to team up with the military forces on the ground to ensure diligent investigations.

“Security agencies have also reported attacks in Giwa LGA where armed bandits attacked Fatika, Kaya and Yakawada villages. Two persons were killed and some kidnapped.

“In another development, security agencies have updated the Kaduna State Government with information regarding Monday’s attack at Albasu village of Igabi local government.

“The update identified the eleven persons killed as: Amadu Mallam, Idi Gefefe, Isah Goma, Awwalu Goma, Babangida Iliyasu, Lado Iliyasu, Ya’u Jumare, Hamza Umaru, Shehu Jibril, Tukur Albasu and Musa Adamu Muruzuwa

“The following victims sustained injuries: Muazu Albasu, Samaila Chairman, Junaidu Husaini and a yet to be identified woman earlier thought to have been killed.

“Similarly, the security agencies have identified the local killed by bandits on Sunday after they kidnapped two persons at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru local government area. The victim has been identified as Mr. Albarka Addu’a, a former village head of Kyemara Gari.

“The Kaduna State Government will continue to give security updates to the citizenry, as it continues to work assiduously with security agencies on the protection of life and property across the state.

“Citizens are enjoined to contact the government with relevant information on the following numbers and e-mail address: 09034000060, 08170189999. Internal.Security@kdsg.gov.ng,” Aruwan said.