About 15 people are killed, 11 shops and five vehicles were burned by unknown gunmen who invaded Kaya village in Vatika district in Giwa government area of Kaduna State on Saturday night.
Reports say the attack happened about 8 pm on Saturday and perhaps a reprisal of Friday’s invasion of the house of a warlord resulting in the killing of three of his relatives by residents of the village.
A source, Ibrahim Ahmed Fatika who was in Kaya on Sunday morning explained that eight of the residents killed were indigenes of Kaya village while the remaining seven including a trailer driver were visitors who brought manure.
Ahmed explained that 10 military personnel are stationed within the village, stressing that the said vehicles burnt include three Golf cars, a 406, and a bus while furniture shops were equally razed down.
Another source within the village, Abdu Saidu also confirmed that the attack was linked to the burning of the house of an alleged warlord called Filani and therefore the killing of three of his relatives.
The source added that Filani’s gang was suspected to possess abducted five persons including a soon-to-be bride from neighboring Kaura village, saying that the people of Kaura had sought help from residents of Kaya.
He noted that on their thanks to rendering assistance, one among the villagers from Kaya went missing, adding that once they couldn’t rescue the abducted victims, they suspected Filani’s gang was behind it then they visited his house and set it ablaze.
They were also imagined to have macheted his brother who was later taken to the hospital but mentioned a general hospital.
Saidu explained that when the villagers found the corpse of their missing companion, they then ambushed Filani’s brother and two other relatives while on their thanks to the hospital, killed them, and later burnt their remains.
The Kaduna State Police PR Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the incident said the Divisional policeman (DPO) responsible for the world, the government chairman, state legislator, and District head were currently within the village to commiserate with the people.
The PPRO described the incident as very unfortunate, noting that the residents took the laws into their hands by attacking and killing people they suspected to be bandits without informing the Police.
ASP Jalige explained that the Commissioner of Police has directed more deployment of personnel to the world, assuring that normalcy has been restored within the area.