Two Confirmed Dead & Hundreds Of Cattle Missing As Unknown Gunmen Raid Kaduna Village
No fewer than 20 armed men, suspected to be herdsmen, Sunday night, invaded Galwyi community, in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing two persons, injuring two others and stole about 100 cattle.
The state police spokesman, Aliyu Usman, who confirmed the incident, said only one person was injured.
Galwyi, about 10 kilometres South-West of Kaduna, is part of a cluster of villages populated by indigenous Gyabgyi of Kaduna, who are predominantly farmers and small scale animal husbandry.
According to the source, the gunmen stormed the village from three directions.
“They left with no less than 100 cows. Policemen from Gwagwada outpost arrived and chased the invaders into the night, but had to retreat later.”
The gunmen were said to have also ambushed a police patrol team in the area on Friday evening, opened fire on them and in the process killed two policemen and injured one.
The spokesman for the police in the state, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the attack to Channels Television’s correspondent, Chimezie Enyiocha.
He says the State Police Command is assessing the situation to ascertain the number of casualties.
More mobile and conventional policemen have been deployed to Godogodo, Kafanchan and other neighbouring communities to restore order and prevent further escalation of the crisis.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the meantime, a dusk to dawn curfew has been imposed in the affected areas by the interim Chairman of Jemaa Local Government Area, Mr Humble Katuka, until normalcy returns to the area.
In his reaction to the attack, the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, described the incident as barbaric, inhumane and unwarranted.
Speaking through his Deputy, Mr Bala Bantex, the governor appealed to residents of the community to remain calm and law abiding, assuring them that the government would do everything within its powers to restore peace in the area.
He also cautioned them not to embark in any form of reprisal attacks.
Communities in Jemaa Local Government and Sanga Local Government Areas in Kaduna State have witnessed series of attacks that have left scores of people dead.
In August this year, gunmen attacked three villages, Godogodo, Akwa’a and Anguwan Anjo.
Eleven persons were killed in that attack, with several houses and farmlands destroyed.