A local farmer has been arrested in Kaduna State after he allegedly fed poisoned cassava to a herd of cattle, killing two cows.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a security update on Saturday.
Aruwan disclosed that the farmer, who he did not name, was arrested by soldiers after he was suspected of poisoning cattle in Gindin Dutse village of Jema’a local government area.
“Two cows had died in the village after eating some apparently poisoned cassava beside a farm. Troops trailed and arrested the owner of the farm, who is now undergoing preliminary investigations,” Aruwan said.
Meanwhile, the commissioner disclosed that troops under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven informed the Kaduna State Government of an attack by criminals in Kamaru Chawai village, Kauru local government area.
According to the update, the troops responded to a distress call from the village and arrived the location to find three persons – Sunday Joshua, Samson Andy and Mrs Tani Jacob – shot dead, and one person, John Joshua, injured.
Aruwan further disclosed that an eye-witness reported that four attackers arrived at the victims’ compound and an argument ensued in English, shortly after which the assailants opened fire on the victims.
The commissioner said that investigations indicated that the gunmen were criminals from a neighboring state who crossed over into the village to carry out the heinous act.
He said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed shock and grief at the report of the attack, and condoled the families of the deceased, praying for the repose of their souls.
“The Governor further tasked security agencies to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident.
“Meanwhile, the corpses have been handed over to the relevant authorities in Chawai Chiefdom, and the injured victim is receiving treatment in a hospital in a neighboring state.
“Troops are sustaining patrols in the area,” the update read in part.