Unic Press UK: The dead bodies of 66 persons of which 22 are children and 12 are women have been discovered in eight villages in the Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the State Government said in a press statement Friday, February 15.
Excerpts from the press statement issued on behalf of the Kaduna State Government by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State (Media & Publicity), Samuel Aruwan reads:
“Security agencies today reported the recovery of 66 bodies that were killed in attacks by criminal elements on various dispersed hamlets in the Maro Gida and Iri axis of Kajuru LGA. The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.
Among the victims were 22 children and 12 women. Four wounded persons rescued by the security agencies are now receiving medical attention.
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. 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.”