By AbdulGafar Alabelewe, Kaduna
Gunmen suspected to be bandits terrorising Birnin-Gwari and Giwa local government areas of Kaduna have killed reportedly no fewer than 12 persons and injured eight others in two villages of Giwa.
The Nation gathered the bandits invaded Kidandan and Kadai villages between Friday and Saturday for the attacks.
A source from the area told The Nation: “12 people were confirmed dead while eight are injured during the attack.
“The attackers came in large number, they besieged Kidandan Friday afternoon killed three people and four wounded while on Saturday night, the gunmen killed nine at Kadai village and four were in critical condition.”
The source also quoted the District Head of Fatika, Alhaji Nuhu Lawal Umar, as appealing to the State Government “to deploy additional security personnel to safeguard lives and property” of locals in the trouble communities.
Efforts to get Kaduna Police spokesman ASP Muhammad Jalige confirm the attacks failed as he did not respond to several phone calls.
Meanwhile, in another incident, gunmen have killed the village head of Runji in Auchan Ward, Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna state, Alhaji Musa Abubakar.
The village head was killed in the early hours of Sunday when the gunmen broke into his residence.
His son, Suleiman Musa, who is also the village head of Rafin Rogo, confirmed the development to The Nation.
He said his father was shot four times by the attackers.
According to him: “The gunmen invaded the Sarki’s house around 2:00am on Sunday. They operated without any resistance and they killed him at exactly 2:30am.
“They scaled the fence to access the compound after which they broke into the house and brought him out to his outer lounge where they shot him.
“The attackers came purposely to kill him, not to collect anything from him because he offered to give them money, they refused, he offered them his car, they refused, they said, they were sent to kill him.”
Chairman Ikara local government council, Alhaji Salisu Ibrahim, also confirmed the incident.
He said the local government council has deployed security personnel to the area and assured the perpetrators will be brought to book to face the wrath of the law.
He urged people of the area to report any suspicious movement to the concerned authorities for prompt action.
The late village head was buried Sunday morning according to Islamic rites.