The people of Zango- Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State are now living in fear as armed bandits reportedly murdered 13 people at Apiye Jim Village in the Atyap Chiefdom of the Local Government.
According to the PUNCH, the unfortunate attack happened on Sunday evening during a downpour in the area. The bandits reportedly stormed the community in large numbers and left immediately after the deed was done without wasting time.
The spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Mr. Luka Binniyat, who confirmed the attack said: ” It is very true. They also killed another man in Atakshusho village about three kilometers from the initial scene of the crime as they were retreating to make an escape.
” Recall that an ECWA Reverend was murdered just on the outskirts of Zangon Kataf town, which our people have always complained of harbouring killers, time and again.
” That will bring to 13 those killed in Atyap land, Zangon Kataf LGA. in the past 24 hours.
” As usual, no one has been apprehended. We are awaiting details of the killings, after which we shall issue a statement later today. ”
Another source who confirmed the brutal killing of the villagers but spoke in anonymity said many residents of the community were still missing.
He added that the assailants divided themselves into groups before they attacked their targeted houses. He stressed that he has counted 11 dead persons in different locations this morning (Monday).
” They (attackers) came while it was raining and divided themselves into groups. They targeted specific houses and when done, left immediately.
” Scores of the villagers are missing at the moment. It’ s impossible for one to ascertain the number of those injured and even those killed; but so far, l have counted and found 11 dead persons in different locations this morning (Monday). ”
At this moment, the state government and the state police command are yet to make an official statement on the attack.