Governor moves to avert escalation of ‘reprisal’ killings in Kaduna villages



Alhaji-Ramalan-Yero 600By Lawal Dogara

Members of a family of eight were all killed in the early hours of Friday in Kaura Local Government of Kaduna State, in what looks like a reprisal attack. Investigation conducted by Newsdiaryonline revealed that unknown armed men stormed Manchok town and killed the said family of eight before disappearing into the thin air.

It was gathered that the attack provoked the youth of Manchok town, who mobilized and attacked a Fulani settlement close to the town, destroyed their houses and properties.

Armed security personnel stationed close by intervened to put the situation under control as all indications showed that the ugly incident was about to turn into a full-scale communal fight.

The gravity of the incident forced the State Governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero to abandon other state duties and head straight to the scene in order to pacify the warring parties.

However, an eye witness, Mrs. Bulus Baicainta who spoke to Newsdiaryonline said when the Governor was busy addressing the youths and elders of the communities another attack was had been launched in a nearby village where several people were said to have lost their lives and it took the intervention of the military personnel and security attaché to the Governor to bring the situation under control.

However the Governor who visited the scene, condemned the attack and prayed that God should expose the perpetrators saying “We pray that God should expose the people that are causing this problem. We pray that God should touch their hearts to stop such dastardly acts or destroy their evil machinations.”

Governor Yero has already ordered full investigation into the attack and has promised to empower community surveillance by vigilante groups in areas that have become prone to attacks to compliment formal security arrangements towards forestalling reoccurrence.

The Governor pleaded with the people of Ungwan Kajit to remain calm saying “as a leader, I am not happy with such ugly situation and it is my responsibility to ensure Security and peace for the entire people of the State.”

After addressing members of the community who expressed their grief, Governor Yero also called for prayers for the repose of the souls of those that lost their lives in the attack. The prayer was led by Reverend John Hayab.

Governor Yero also visited the palace of the Chief of Moro’a in Manchok where he commiserated with the traditional ruler over the incident.

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