BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – About 14 people are believed to have been killed while over 25 others sustained various degrees of injuries following a night attack on Southern Kaduna community by unknown gunmen.
Reports indicate that some unknown gunmen at night attacked Ungwar Pah II- Gwandara-Jagindi in Godogodo Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna state which led to the loss of about 14 lives.
As at the time of filling this report, five dead bodies are said to have been deposited at the morgue of Sir Ibrahim Yakowa Memorial General Hospital, Kafanchan, a place where 21 injured persons suffering from various degrees of machete cuts, are equally receiving treatment.
An eye witness interviewed at the hospital, said nine corpses of victims of the attack were still in Jagindi, adding that at about 8:00pm, community members were rounding up prayers during a celebration of a married couple when the unknown gunmen moved in and opened fire on them.
According to the eye witness; “They shot indiscriminately before leaving the venue unchallenged.”
Vice chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area, Hon. Milkah Ngboni, on instruction from the chairman, Hon. Peter Danjuma Averik, accompanied by senior personnel of various security agencies in the area, visited the hospital to assess the situation.
Ngboni, who confirmed the death of five people and the wounded, said he was travelling to Jagindi to confirm the number of casualties in the area.
He appealed to residents of the area against reprisals but them to remain calm and be law abiding while assuring that everything would be done to ensure that justice is done.
He assured that security personnel have been drafted to the affected village to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and to bring them to book.
Joseph Baba alias Major, and Reverend David Ajeye, Senior and Legislative Aides to Senator Danjuma Tella La’ah, the Senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial District were also on an assessment visit to the hospital.
He said that Senator La’ah has directed an assessment of the dead and the wounded persons and report back to him immediately.
While sympathizing with victims and relatives of those who lost their loved ones, Senator La’ah urged the youth to remain law abiding and allow government to take appropriate measures to arrest those behind the heinous act, adding that he would be assisting in the burial of the dead and treatment of those injured.
Also, officials of Mercy Corps, Community Peace Partnership (CPP), Jema’a and Kaduna state Peace Commission and other Civil Society Organizations working in the area for the sustenance of peace building process were on ground to assess the situation.
They called on the people of Jema’a and environs against contemplating reprisal, but urged them to remain calm and support the security, government and their organizations in unveiling those who are behind the destabilization of peace of the society.
Recall, some people were attacked and killed at Kagom River village in Godogodo Chiefdom.