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Death toll rises in southern Kaduna killings

The death toll in herdsmen attacks on four villages in southern Kaduna has risen from 22 to 26

The attacks were carried out in Kaura and Jema’a local government areas.

The group, Atakad Development Association, confirmed the recovery of four more corpses and the death of another victim.

This was just as the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Mr. Agyole Abeh, on Tuesday, confirmed that he lost two of his men in last Sunday’s attack on Bakin Kogo village of Jema’a Local Government Area.

Meanwhile, a 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the two local government areas in southern Kaduna, following a fresh attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the area.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen had between Sunday and the early hours of Monday, invaded four communities in southern Kaduna, killing people and destroying property.

The attacks had claimed 22 lives while several houses were razed.

The villages affected in the renewed attack included Ashim, Nissi and Zilan in the Atakad district of Kaura Local Government Area.

Also affected was Bakin Kogi in the Goska district of Jama’a Local Government Area, southern Kaduna.

Following the attacks, the Garrison Commander, 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Kaduna, and the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police relocated to the troubled part of the state.

The Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Governor Nasir el-Rufai, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, explained that the measure was to enable the Garrison Commander, Brig.-Gen. Ismaila Isa, and the state Commissioner of Police,  Agyole Abeh, see things for themselves and proffer security solutions to the crisis.

But on Tuesday, Aruwan announced the imposition of a 24-hour curfew on the two local governments of Jema’ah and Kaura by the state government.


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