Herdsmen or Boko Haram? – 11 dead in Kaduna attack


Unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday were reported to have invaded three villages near area called Godogodo town in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident left 11 victims feared killed and several others injured, while some houses were also alleged to have been set on fire in part of a village.

According to a source from the village who spoke to Journalists on phone, the villages were attacked in the dead of the night.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai condemned the violence in Godogodo, while speaking at the meeting of the traditional rulers in Kaduna on Tuesday.

The villages attacked were Gada Biyu, where six men and three women were said to have been killed; Akwa’a, which lost two men, but the village was not vandalised and Anguwan Anjo, where no live was lost, but shooting was heard till day break.

Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman, ASP Aliyu Usman, said he was yet to get any details of the attack, but assured that everything has been brought under control.

A distress villager who spoke on grounds of anonymity for the sake of his security said: “gunmen in plenty numbers invaded Gada Biyu, 2 km from Godogodo around 6 am on Monday morning and started shooting, stabbing and burning down houses. People fled in different directions.

“When the killers escaped from Gada Biyu, they resurfaced at Akua’a this morning and killed two people. But they did not burn any house there. The Police arrived on time again, and they ran away. But this afternoon they appeared at Agwan Anjo and started shooting. But by this time people have fled the village, and the police also arrived promptly.

However, about an hour ago, the police, who have not had any rest, went to get some food in town. Now, I am sure if you listen very well you can hear the sound of heavy gun fire. They are shooting from afar”.

“We believe that the motive of the attack is to displace us and take over our lands.

“We are hoping that the military will join the police because we are sure that they will return, or even attack Godogodo where our women and children are taking refuge. We need urgent help,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his response, ASP Aliyu Usman said that everything had been brought under control with the deployment of a contingent of Operation Yaki on ground at the embattled villages, adding that “I do not have details, but I will brief you later”.


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