The Kaduna State Government says no fewer than 34 persons, including two military personnel, were killed in the Sunday night attack on Agban Kagoro in Kaura Local Government Area of the state by bandits.
Giving an update on the attack on Tuesday, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the State, Samuel Aruwan, said that the unidentified assailants attacked Tsonje, Agban, Katanga and Kadarko communities all within Kagoro chiefdom of Kaura Local government on Sunday night.
The commissioner added that over 200 houses and 32 shops were burnt during the attack while three vehicles and 17 motorcycles were vandalised.
He further explained that the 24-hour-curfew slammed on Jema’a and Kaura Local Government Areas in the wake of the attack is still in force, adding that the curfew is meant to check further breakdown of law and order in the affected areas.
The statement reads in part:
“The Kaduna State Government enjoins all residents to carefully observe the 24-hour curfew in force in the area. The curfew was declared on the advice of security agencies to prevent the escalation of violence.”
“Security reports revealed that criminals took advantage of the chaos to wreak havoc of their own. A bus was attacked by a mob in Agban, and the conductor was killed. Similarly, some places of worship were torched as tension rose in Kafanchan.”
“The curfew is therefore essential to urgently stem the tide of violence.
Government is working ceaselessly with security forces to restore normalcy to the area. Deep consultations with stakeholders are also ongoing”.