Kaduna confirms 14 killed in Birnin Gwari, five in Kajuru

Kaduna State Government has said that it received reports from security agencies of the killing of 19 citizens in Birnin Gwari and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.

The citizens were killed by armed bandits at Kutemeshi village in Birnin Gwari and Kujeni village in Kajuru, where several others were left with bullet wounds, Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs Samuel Aruwan said in a statement on Sunday.

He said “Both attacks occurred on Saturday.

“In Kutemeshi village of Birnin Gwari LGA, the following citizens were killed:

Malan Sani Barume
Yahaya Bello
Amadu Dan Korau
Samaila Niga
Jamilu Haruna
Lawal Majiya
Dan Malam Rabo
Dauda Kafinta
Hassan Mai Makani
Bashir Haruna
Lawal Ali
Mu’azu Haruna
Mai Unguwa Sa’adu
Harisu Bako

“Some shops were also looted with valuable items carted away.

“Some of the injured have been moved to a neighboring state closer to Kutemeshi for urgent medical attention, while others are in transit to an orthopaedic hospital in Kaduna.

“So far, only the 14 corpses have been recovered from Kutemeshi. The Kaduna State Government will provide updates on any emerging developments,” he said.

“In Kujeni village of Kajuru LGA, the attackers burnt several houses, storehouses with foodstuff, warehouses loaded with building materials and a Church. The following citizens were killed:

Bulus Jatau
Hanatu Emmanuel
Bitrus Tuna
Yohanna Mika
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“Those injured include Bulus Sambayi and Godwin Yakubu,” Aruwan added.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who has been monitoring the security situation at the locations since Saturday morning, expressed sadness over the attacks.

The Governor who condoled families that lost their loved ones, offered prayers for the repose of their souls and a speedy recovery for the injured.

He further directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to urgently provide relief materials to the affected communities.

“The government and security agencies are following up on a reported attack on Sunday morning around Kikwari village of Kajuru LGA, and will also provide an update as soon as feedback is received,” the statement said.

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