The Arewa Consultative Forum and the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union on Sunday described as ‘wicked and barbaric’ the Friday night killing of four persons in Nimdem village of Godogodo Chiefdom in Jema’ah Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The attack by an unknown gunman while the villagers were singing the Christmas carol also left over eight persons with varying degrees of injury.
While condoling with the families of those who lost their loved ones, the ACF called on security agents to be up and doing in their responsibility of protecting the lives and property of the residents of the area.
In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Alhaji Muhammad Biu, the ACF stated it was “saddened by the unfortunate attack on innocent villagers holding a Christmas carol night at Nindem village of Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“The dastardly act by the gunmen was wicked, barbaric and condemnable especially in this festive season of peace and stability.
“ACF calls upon the security agencies to be on the trail of these criminals and ensure that they are arrested and brought to justice.
“We equally appeal to the security agencies to provide adequate security especially to worshippers and their places of worship during the Christmas and also play grounds and parks.
Also, SOKAPU, an umbrella body of the Southern Kaduna people, described the attack as unprovoked and most unfortunate.
The spokesman for the union, Yakubu Kuzamani, while recalling the December 24, 2016 attack on Goska which left several people dead, wondered why a similar attack could occur under the nose of security operatives.
The union also alleged that 16 communities in the southern part of the state were displaced following killings by herdsmen, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and armed robbers.
- According to the union, most of the victims of the unwarranted attacks are taking refuge in different in Kankomi, Udawa, Damba and Kasaya villages, all in Southern Kaduna.