Hoodlums kill 80-year-old woman, 7 others in Benue & Kaduna

Charles Nwoke, Makurdi, Nigeria
January 18, 2021 

Armed men suspected to be bandits, during the weekend, murdered an 80-year-old woman, a ward leader, and three other persons in two separate attacks in Chikun and Giwa Local Government Council of Kaduna State.

Three other persons were confirmed wounded in an ambush on travelers in the Giwa area.

Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, who confirmed the incidents, disclosed that Governor Nasir el-Rufai charged security agencies to ensure the assiduous investigation into the alarming incidents.

Gang members of the late Terwase Akwaza (alias Gana) attacked Senga village in Katsina-Ala Council during the weekend, where they killed three farmers.

It was gathered that the gang members, were dressed in military attire while carrying out the nefarious attacks on the residents.

The bandits equally reportedly annihilated many houses, with residents rendered homeless.

Briefing newsmen in Makurdi yesterday, Lt-Col. Paul Hemba (rtd.), Security Adviser to the Governor, while briefing newsmen in Makurdi, revealed that the criminals also invaded Dyom Village near Senga and razed down many houses.

In his words, Lt-Col. Hemba said, “The militia boys were in military uniform and they attacked Senga village on Friday night, killed three persons, and burnt down many houses.”

Men of Operation Whirl Stroke (OPWS) and other security agencies, he added, have apprehended two suspects over the unfortunate incident.

In another development, the crisis between Atyap Chiefdom and the Fulani people in Zangon Kataf Local Government Council may soon end, as the parties have accepted to put an end to the crisis ravaging the area.

The Fulani community, who abandoned their various homes at the height of the controversy, have agreed to return to Zangon Kataf after the meeting of stakeholders and top government officials at the weekend.

The ceaseless killings, slaughtering, burning of houses, and destruction of farmlands and livestock in Atyap between June and December 2020 equally caused natives to flee their homes for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.

The meeting of the Atyap and Fulani youths on Saturday at the instance of the Agwar Atyap, Dr. Dominic Yahaya, was attended by top officials of the Kaduna government, the military, and other security agencies to map out modalities of preventing the future occurrence and the return of peaceful coexistence and mutuality to Atyap.

A communiqué issued and signed by the Chairman of the meeting, Suleiman Gora, the Makama Atyap, and the co-chairman, Dr. Abdulmalik Durunguwa, condemned in its entirety the killings and arson recorded in the Southern Kaduna villages.