- People of the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state have been thrown into fear following an attack by some gunmen in the locality
- The gunmen were said to have attacked three different communities in the local government area in the early hours of Tuesday, March 8
- Two people were killed in the attack while four others including a Catholic priest were abducted during the incident
Two people have been killed after some yet to be identified gunmen launched an attack in the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
The gunmen who invaded the community on Tuesday, March 8, were also said to have kidnapped a Reverend Father, Joseph Akeke of Kudenda Catholic Church.
Daily Trust reports that three other residents of the community were also kidnapped alongside the priest.
Speaking on the incident, an eyewitness said the two people killed during the attack have been identified as Luka, a local guard in charge of the resident of the priest and Isiaka Aremu, whose home was attacked by the gunmen.
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Other people who were kidnapped during the attack which took place at about 1 am on Tuesday, March 8, included a woman and her two adult children.
The attack by the gunmen was said to have lasted for about one hour 30 minutes with the bandits shooting sporadically into the air to scare residents. They also invaded three other communities in the area.
A resident of the community, who identified himself as Samson said:
“We couldn’t sleep last night due to tension and gunshots."
Confirming the incident, Aremu's son said his father lived alone in his compound and he is yet to understand how the bandits gained entry into his house.
Be at alert: El- Rufai raises alarm, tells residents to be vigilant against explosives, terrorists
In an effort to avert further damages to the people in the state, the Kaduna state government had sent a serious warning to residents.
This move by the governor is a reaction to the recent attack carried out by bandits in the state on Sunday, February 27.
The police in the state urged residents to be alert as gunmen are not relenting in their efforts to launch fresh attacks in Kaduna.
Buhari's govt uncovers 96 Boko Haram, ISWAP sponsors
In another development, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, February 3, said the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) had uncovered 96 financiers of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
Mohammed at a briefing on the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari also revealed that the NFIU has exposed 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, 123 firms, and 33 bureaux de change linked with the insurgency.
The minister disclosed that the agency had identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven accomplices, adding that 45 of the suspects will soon be prosecuted.