People Democratic Party, PDP, Senatorial Aspirant, former House of Representatives and Running Mate to Ashiru Kudan at the 2019 general election, Hon. Sunday Marshal Katung is sympathizing with the people of Kurmin Masara and the Atyap Nation in Zangon-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State over the attack by militia group otherwise referred to as suspect herdsmen.
“I am saddened by reports of the killing of 11 persons and burning of over 30 houses and properties in Kurmin Masara general area of Zangon Kataf Local Government in Kaduna State,” Katung said.
The political marverick went further saying, “It is heartbreaking to have these innocent citizens killed in just one day. This is unacceptable.
“Even as I sympathise with the affected families and the affected communities, yet again, as they bury their dead, I expect that security be ramped up to stem this waste of precious human lives.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased, the wounded and all those who the attack has displaced.
“I urge the Government of Kaduna State, the Federal government and security agencies to bring this dastardly acts to an end.
In a statement issued, yesterday by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samaila Aruwan on the Kurmin Masara skirmishes, he lamented that, Security Forces have reported to the Kaduna State Government that Kurmin Masara general area of Zangon Kataf LGA was attacked in the early hours of today.
According to the reports, troops of the Nigerian Air Force Special Forces who responded to distress calls from the area also fell into an ambush as they mobilized to the scene of the attack.
The troops cleared the ambush and reached the general area, along with troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH).
As of 4:30PM, eleven residents were confirmed killed, and some inflicted with gunshot injuries.
The victims confirmed killed are listed as follows:
– Elizabeth Ayuba
– Veronica Auta
– Bege Daniel
– Kephas Waje
– Promise Jacob
– Damaris istifanus
– Hauwa Joshua
– Dogara Gambo
– Lidia Ishaya
– Michael Achi
– Gabriel Michael
Over thirty houses and properties were burnt in the attack.
The injured were evacuated for treatment. Search-and-rescue operations and pursuit of the attackers are in progress on different fronts.
The Government of Kaduna State will make public further details as soon as they are received from security forces.
Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, who has been in touch with the security forces and is receiving hourly briefings, expressed sadness at this report of the latest in a series of attacks in the area.
He prayed for the repose of all those killed and conveyed his condolences to their families. He further wished the injured a speedy recovery.