The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union has claimed that over 20 of its kin, including a pregnant woman, were killed in four villages of Chawai Chiefdom in Kauru Local Government of Kaduna State in a single night.
Ungwan Magali, Kigam, Kisico, and Kikoba were the four villages in the Kauru LGA.
According to the umbrella body of the Southern Kaduna peoples, the attackers crossed a bridge guarded by soldiers in Bakin Kogi market town and invaded neighboring Apiababun village in Atyap Chiefdom Zangon Kataf LGA.
This was stated by the SOKAPU’s spokesman, Luka Binniyat, in a statement issued in Kaduna on Wednesday.
The attackers also razed several houses and destroyed farmland, according to Binniyat.
The statement read in part, “Less than 24 hours after assailants invaded four Chawai villages in Chawai Chiefdom, Kauru LGA in Southern Kaduna and killed over 20 persons in a single night, the attackers crossed a bridge well manned by soldiers at Bakin Kogi market town and invaded neighbouring Apiababun village in Atyap Chiefdom, Zangon Kataf LGA. They killed a heavily pregnant woman, her two children and two children of her husband’s brother.
Unguwan Magaji, which had suffered three previous attacks and killings from 2014, recorded eight deaths, while 75 homes were burnt, 37 farms, among others were destroyed.
In Kigam, which has also suffered similar fate with Anguwan Magaji, six persons were killed and 52 homes burnt. In Kishoho, six persons were killed and 37 homes burnt. The violence in Kikoba claimed six persons, three critically injured, 12 houses burnt and 31 farms ravished by the attackers.
The Kaduna State Police Command had yet to confirm the latest casualties, and the Command’s spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, did not return our call.
Meanwhile, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said in a statement on Wednesday that troops from Operation Safe Haven averted another attack on Magamiya village in the state’s Zangon-Kataf Local Government area.
During the attempted attack, a stray bullet struck a resident, Shedrach Yohanna, on his left arm. He is receiving treatment and is in good health.
Aruwan stated, “One of the attackers, Yusuf Aliyu, was apprehended by troops and is being held for interrogation and further investigation.”