Ahead Of Presidential Election In Nigeria, Gunmen Kill 66 In Kaduna
Yet to be identified gunmen have reportedly killed about 66 people in Maro Gida and Iri communities in Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna state.
According to reports, 22 children and 12 women are among the victims, while four wounded persons were rescued alive by security agencies.
This latest attack is coming barely 24-hour to the Presidential and National Assembly election on Saturday.
The state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who Confirmed the incident disclosed that security agencies have been deployed to the area, while some people have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
He also appeals to residents of the affected communities against instigating attacks or reprisals.
“Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made.
“The government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies.
“The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.
“Residents of Kaduna state are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm”.