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66 killed in Kaduna amidst fresh violence * Kaduna State Government has condemned the killing


As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 presidential election, 66 people have reportedly lost their lives to attack by gunmen in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state. According to reports, among the victims are 22 children and 12 women while four wounded persons were said to have been rescued by security agents who were alerted of the attacks. READ ALSO: Saraki mistakenly demands 90% Kwara votes for President Buhari (Video) Confirming the incident, Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, in a statement signed by Samuel Aruwan, senior special assistant to the governor (media & publicity) expressed sadness at the development. The governor consequently vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to book. “Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made. “The government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies. “The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted. “Residents of Kaduna state are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm,” the governor said, according to Channels. The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau, , Daily Trust reports. PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng had reported that ahead of 2019 presidential election, gunmen wearing military uniform on Thursday, February 14, reportedly attacked a vehicle belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Benue state. The vehicle was reported to be conveying non-sensitive election materials to one of the LGAs in the state. NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng. We have upgraded to serve you better. Nigeria News Today: Ibrahim Babangida on Saraki’s Nigeria Election 2019 Presidency Bid.

Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government has condemned the killing of 66 persons in Kajuru LGA and has warned all communities against instigating attacks or reprisals. A government statement said that security agencies have been deployed to the area, while arrests have been made.

“Security agencies today reported the recovery of 66 bodies that were killed in attacks by criminal elements on various dispersed hamlets in the Maro Gida and Iri axis of Kajuru LGA. The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.

“Among the victims were 22 children and 12 women. Four wounded persons rescued by the security agencies are now receiving medical attention.

“Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made. Government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies. The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.

“Residents of Kaduna State are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the security agencies in person or through the following lines: 09034000060 and 08170189999.”

Signed

Samuel Aruwan
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media & Publicity)
15th February 2019

 
 
 
 

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