Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna
Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen in Army uniforms on Thursday evening invaded the Ungwar Missi village in Jema’a Local Government Area, Kaduna State, killing seven persons while several others were critically injured.
Among those killed by the suspected herdsmen dressed in Army uniforms were an 85-year-old District Head of the village, John Zango and an 80-year-old man, Yakubu Abuja.
The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the attack but said only four and not seven persons lost their lives.
Its Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the attack, said the police had since commenced investigation into the matter.
This is coming just less than two weeks after the attack on Godogodo, in Jema’a Local Government Area, which claimed no fewer than 20 lives, a development that forced the chairman of the local government area to place the area under curfew.
It was learnt that the group, in army uniforms, came to Ungwar Missi village and called out the Village Head, Mr. John Zogo, and the elders of the village for what they claimed to be security briefing on the situation in the area.
An eyewitness said that as soon as the group in military uniforms started discussing with the village head and the elders, there were gunshots on the outskirts of the village and “the same soldiers then shot and killed the village head and some others in his house and fled.”
According to the eyewitness, they did not stay to defend the village.
“The whole village was burnt down and those who managed to escape have no place to stay now,” he said.