Defence & Security

Terrorists kill two, injure others as group laments insecurity in Southern Kaduna

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

Terrorists popularly referred to as bandits on Saturday attacked Agban Kagoro community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State killing two persons.

A source from the community, Mr Christopher Derek told news men of the incidence, saying the terrorists killed two persons and wounded many others.

Former chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, Kumai Badu confirmed the report and said those injured were taken to the hospital.

Kaura is in the Southern senatorial district of Kaduna State. The latest incident came barely a month after similar attack on two communities of the same local government area claimed 34 and left property worth millions destroyed, The Trumpet gathered.

This is coming as a peace advocacy group, Northern Development Movement (NDM), has said southern Kaduna and northern Nigeria are bleeding from the incessant killings by terrorists in the region.

The group welcomed the recent parley of Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, with critical stakeholders drawn from five local governments of Southern Kaduna as a way to restore peace in the area.

The CDS during the visit met with community leaders and representatives of various groups to seek solutions to the incessant attacks in the area.

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Those who spoke during the stakeholders’ meeting were representatives of Fulani, Atiyap, Hausa, Kagoro, and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as well as Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI).

Others included representatives of the traditional rulers, members of the House of Representatives and House of Assembly, senator representing Kaduna South, representative of retired senior officers and president Southern Kaduna Peoples Union NDM in a press release on Thursday commended the DHQ for the initiative describing it as timely.

The press release, which was signed by the convener, Ismail Nasir Bako and secretary, Patricia Gambo, urged communities in the North to support the armed forces of Nigeria to bring an end to the various crises which had affected socio-economic development.

According to NDM, “The North is bleeding, not just Southern Kaduna. Our March towards development has been hampered. It is time stakeholders realise the enormity of what we have done to ourselves.

“We cannot continue on this path. It will definitely take us years to recover from the damage the crisis has caused.

“NDM is making a passionate appeal to all in the region to give peace a chance. We also urge politicians to play with rules of the game as the 2023 general election draws near.

“NDM also commends the DHQ which took this peace initiative to Plateau State in 2021.”

When contacted for confirmation of the incident, the Kaduna Police spokesman, ASP Muhammad Jalige declined comment on the issue.

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