From Mohammed Yaba and Ahmed Ali, Kaduna
Bandits on Thursday attacked Ariko village, a Fulani settlement in Kachia LGA of Kaduna State where they killed two people and abducted three others, Daily Trust gathered.
Our correspondents gathered that Ariko village is a few kilometres from Gurara Dam in Jere area of Kagarko LGA where bandits on Monday abducted 17 people out of which five escaped.
Sources from Jere town said, yesterday, that the incident happened when the bandits stormed the residence of one Alhaji Awu at Ariko village in an attempt to abduct him. He was said to have resisted the bandits following which they dragged him out of the compound.
Narrating the incident to Daily Trust, a relative of Alhaji Awu who craved anonymity said Awu’s younger brother had rushed out of his room on hearing the altercation with the bandits adding that “as soon as he stepped out of his room, they shot him dead. Alhaji’s eldest son who also came out of his room was shot by the bandits.
“They forcefully took Alhaji Awu and two of his children a male and female away. The bandits laughed as they watched Alhaji Awu’s wife hugged her son in the pool of his blood,” he said.
Another source identified the victims as Auwal and Sambo and said they were buried on Friday morning in Jere town while the father and two others are still in captivity.
Daily Trust gathered that since the attack, many residents of the Fulani settlement have fled to neighbouring communities for safety.
Kaduna State Police Command, through the public relations officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, asked for time to verify the incident but didn’t as at the time of filing this report.