An attack by suspected bandits on Gwaska village in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state has reportedly left 48 persons dead.
Vanguard reported that the attack on the village was said to have been carried out around 2.30 pm on Saturday, May 5. Residents stated that the gunmen also killed the head of the local vigilante in the area during the attack.
Locals told the Nation newspaper that the gunmen came in from Zamfara state.
“The armed bandits came from neighbouring Zamfara State and encircled Gwaska up to neighbouring Kuiga village, shooting sporadically.
“Most of those killed are even women and children.
“We will continue to appeal to the authorities to take urgent steps to forestall further attacks and extinction of communities in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area,” a source said.
The source said many people were still missing and that the injured would be evacuated.
This Day reported that a combined team of Nigerian troops and members of the local vigilante group were said to have rushed to the village when the incident occurred, but by the time they arrived the community, the bandits had fled.
“We were in Gwaska together with the military around 7 pm but the commander asked the soldiers to retreat because it was getting dark,” a vigilante group source said.
Reacting to the attack, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state said the security challenges facing the area would soon be over as a permanent battalion of the Nigerian Army and a police area command will be established in Birnin Gwari.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari has already given approval to that effect.
Speaking through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, the governor said the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, had already approved the establishment of the police area command and two new divisional police Headquarters in Birnin Gwari.
In other news, The Punch reported that the national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the violence which led to the suspension of the Ekiti state governorship primary was regrettable.
The party’s spokesperson said the APC had ordered that the process of electing its standard-bearer in the forthcoming Ekiti state governorship election must be concluded before its national working committee takes the next step.
He said: “The process will have to be completed first before any other step can be taken.
“When the process is completed from where it was stopped and a winner emerges, then we will receive and treat the report of the primary’s committee and the appeal committee (if any). It is after this is done that we will submit the name of the successful candidate to INEC.”
Meanwhile, the APC national vice chairman, south-south, Ntufam Hilliard Eta and other stakeholders in Cross River state have passed a vote of no confidence in Odigie-Oyegun following the reported controversies that trailed the ward congresses.
Guardian reported that the stakeholders, including former governor of the state, Clement Ebri, Senator John Owan Enoh, governorship aspirants, Venatious Ikem, Chief Eyo Etim Nyong and others alleged that the national chairman’s actions in Cross River were destroying the party.
The aggrieved party leaders said the conduct of Odigie-Oyegun could also spell doom for the party in 2019.
The group said: “The activities of Odigie-Oyegun and the minister from Cross River will cause doom for President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC in Cross River and the South South in 2019 because they are foisting very wrong interest.
“The party that was handed over to Odigie- Oyegun has fallen on bad times. Having been a keen watcher of political history in Nigeria, I can tell you that this is what we used to see in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and under Odigie-Oyegun, it has almost taken over the entire party.
“We cannot allow impunity and disrespect for the rule of law and guidelines for the party, imposition of candidates and lack of internal democracy to become our culture.
“We have great potential but we have not been able to put our best foot forward in the state. People we have as minister from the state and governor are not helping us.”
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