Panic As Gunmen Kill Nigerian Politician, Son, 11 Dead As Hoodlums Strike Again

Gunmen Kill Traditional Ruler, Son, Two Others in Kaduna

The District Head of Gidan Zaki, Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mr. Haruna Kuye, and his son, Destiny, have been killed by gunmen.

Two people were also said to have been killed while some were abducted following attacks by bandits on Fatika, Kaya and Yakawada villages in Giwa Local Government Area of the state.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

He said Kuye and his son were killed in the early hours of Tuesday when gunmen invaded their residence.

The incident came less than 24 hours after bandits killed 11 people in Albasu community in Igabi Local Government Area of the state on Monday.

Aruwan said the military operation code named “Operation Safe Haven” informed the Kaduna State Government of the killings in Zangon Kataf.

The statement added that the wife of the district head sustained injuries from machete cuts, while the 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” Aruwan said, adding that: “Three empty cases and a live round of 7.62mm special ammunition were recovered at the scene of the incident.”

The statement said: “Troops in collaboration with other security agencies are carrying out investigations and trailing the assailants.”

Aruwan said: “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 with the Kuye family and the Atyap Traditional Council, prayed for the repose of the souls of the District Head and his son.”

He said 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,” the statement said.

Aruwan further disclosed that: “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.”

 

Bandits Kill 11 in Kaduna Community

Eleven people have been reportedly killed while several others were said to have been injured when gunmen invaded Albasu village, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This came as students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, are said to be in captivity following the attacks on motorists along the Kaduna-Abuja road on Sunday.

The hoodlums said to have been in large number, were said to have attacked the village at about 1p.m. yesterday.

They were said to have opened fire on the villagers as they shot in different directions.

Eleven people were said to have been killed during the indiscriminate shooting.

Cows belonging to the villagers were said to have been rustled.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs,Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said security agencies were pursuing the bandits with a view to apprehending them.

According to him, the bandits had earlier on Sunday abducted two people and killed one at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government Area.

According to him, the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sent condolences to the families of the victims and prayed for the repose of their souls.

Meanwhile, eight students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, were said to be abducted on Sunday following the attack on motorists along the Kaduna-Abuja road.

Many people were reportedly abducted during the incident during which two people were said to have been killed by the bandits.

Police sources said yesterday night that the Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Kabiru Bala, reported the abduction of the students to the Zaria Area Command of the police.

It was gathered that the 300 students from the Department of French, were travelling on Sunday to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV), when the bandits struck.

“The Vice Chancellor of ABU, Zaria, reported to the Zaria Area Command that eight students of the French Department were kidnapped.

“The names of the students are: Okafor Chris, Ayuba Lois, John Elizabeth, Musa Precious, Asoji Faith, Badmus Jemimah, Emmanuel Simon and Aliyu Adamu” the source said.

It was gathered two of the students were among the 11 people who were also abducted but were said to have been rescued by security personnel on Sunday.

The source said efforts were being made to rescue the students.

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