By; Benedict Sunday, Kaduna.
Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen have again killed
three persons in different communities in the Southern
part of Kaduna.
This is just as peace midiators championed by former Nigerian Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah and other notable Nigerians visited the area to access the level of the damage.
The three persons, According to sources were identified as Seth Auta, 36, Duduma Dan’azumi 34 and one Miss Grace.
The two men were reportedly killed last week Thursday by
assailants in the outskirts of Kafanchan, headquarters of
Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, while Miss
Grace, a lady planning for her freedom next week was killed in Fadan Karshi by two gunmen.
The killers of Miss Grace were trailed to Nasarawa state
and arrested by the Nigeria Military men stationed in Karshi.
Meanwhile, the killings of the two men took place when former Nigeria Head of State, Gen. Abdullsalami Abubakar (rtd), Catholic Bishops of Abuja and Sokoto dioceses, John Cardinal Onaiyekan and Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah and other members of the Nigeria Peace Committee had storm the area to mediate between natives and the Fulani group resident in the area.
The National President of Kaninkon Development
Association (KADA), Engr. Kolbe Jonathan said three people had been killed on their farms in two villages in Kaninkon Chiefdom between January 9th and 11th.
It was gathered that Auta was killed on his farm on Thursday
afternoon in Apyiakashi, about 6km from Kafanchan, and his corpse only recovered on Friday from the bush and buried
same day, after the police had taken record of the death.
Dan’azumi, who was married with two kids, was gunned down in Bakin Kogi village in Kaninkon Chiefdom, about 10km from Kafanchanm when he also went to his farm Friday afternoon.
It was gathered that around 2pm on Thursday, Auta, in company of another person had gone to the farm about 2km from his village when the assailants emerged and started firing at them.
A resident of the community said, “It was his friend that came back to report the incident to the villagers,” said the relation who did not want his name mentioned. “As soon as we got the alert, we called the police and the police swiftly arrived. We went into the bush with the police and we saw
them far off making their escape.
“We pursued them up to about 5km, close to the Passakori-
Gidan Waya road. It was at that point that the police said that we should return. That they will do the rest of the operation. We came back and started searching for Auta,” he went on. “Till late evening on Thursday we could not find him, so we left. It was Friday afternoon that we saw where his dead body was dumped. The police have been here to do a report before we buried him not long ago”, he said.
His funeral Mass which was conducted by Rev. Fada Mark
Cheitnum, Parish Priest of MCI, Kafanchan, attracted a large
crowd of mourners.
On Dan’azumi, his cousin, Tonga Isua said that the man had gone to the farm but was ambushed and shot by armed herdsmen. “I was told that someone was killed yesterday afternoon. I did not believe it because we have police and soldiers all over the place. Just to later learn that he was my cousin. We had a family meeting and we have buried
him. He was married with two children. I was told that the police later engaged the herdsmen in a shoot-out. But I
don’t know what happened afterwards.