President Muhammadu Buhari has denounced the terrorist attack on four locations in Kaura LGA in Kaduna State’s southern region, which killed two troops and dozens of others.
The president’s communications aide, Garba Shehu, described the occurrence as a “mindless act of violence” that had no place in a civilized society in a statement released Wednesday.
“The barbaric and cowardly attack on unarmed civilians and law enforcement officers, as well as the destruction of homes and businesses, is excruciatingly painful and condemnable. “The nation mourns with the Kagoro community, where the attacks occurred, and the military, who have lost heroic compatriots,” he said.
The president said he was “closely monitoring the efforts of the Kaduna State government and security authorities” as they worked to track down and apprehend the perpetrators.
He urged against retaliation, which could lead to more violence.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the Southern Kaduna massacres has grown to 37 after three additional residents were discovered dead by a mob on Monday in connection with the gunmen’s attack on Sunday in Kaura and Jema’a LGAs.
Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, made the announcement Monday.
Ibrahim Isiyaku, Ibrahim Rilwanu, and Lawali Zubairu were the names of the deceased, according to him.
According to the statement, the Fountain of Life Baptist Church in Kafanchan was also attacked on Monday, with its glass windows damaged.
“Furthermore, a bus belonging to the Baptist School of Health Technology in Kafanchan was vandalized and attacked on Monday.” Mr Bamaiyi, the bus driver, was injured with a cutlass and is being treated in a facility,” Aruwan said.
Security agencies also reported that hoodlums attacked and burned down two herders’ communities in Zauru and Kurdan, both in the Zangon Kataf LGA, according to the commissioner.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i was deeply saddened by the reports, and he expressed his condolences to the victims’ families while praying for their souls to rest in peace.” He wished the driver who was injured a speedy recovery.
“The governor also urged ranchers whose settlements had been set ablaze to follow the law and let the administration and security forces handle the situation,” he added.