One killed, two children rescued as air force arrests suspects over Kaduna attack
The Kaduna government has confirmed one more death, while two suspects have been arrested in connection with the attack on Jema’a local government area of the state.
TheCable had reported how seven people were killed in Jema’a LGA over the weekend.
Four people were also injured, while two children were declared missing.
But in a statement on Sunday, Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, said officers of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have arrested two suspects.
Aruwan added that two children were found wandering in the area and have been rescued.
“The Kaduna State Government has received further operational feedback from the military under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) that had earlier informed the government about the killing of a herder and six locals at Ungwan Pah and Ungwan Bido, Jema’a local government area,” the statement reads.
“In the second operational feedback, the military stated that Special Forces of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) have arrested two suspects linked to the counter killing of today, Sunday, 29th November 2020, at Ungwan Bido, Jema’a local government area where six persons were killed. The suspects linked to the killing of the six are as follows; Ardo Ahmadu Alhassan and Abubakar Isyaku.
“The military had on Saturday 28th November 2020, arrested suspects linked to the killing of a herder, one Isyaka Saidu on Saturday 28th November 2020 at Ungwan Pah in the same local government; Victor Markus, Gero David and Thankgod Sunday.
“In another development, the military further informed the Kaduna State Government, that in the course of clearance operation in the general area, it found one herder, Abubakar Alhassan, in his hut at Kussom village, unconscious with bruises and rushed the herder to Kowa Medical Center, Jagindi Town, where a medical doctor confirmed the victim dead. The military has handed over the corpse to the police for further investigation.
“Similarly, the military received distress call from a community leader in the general area, that some children were seeing wandering in a forest after their pastoralists parents had fled.
“Troops immediately set out to the location and rescued the two children, Usman Wada and Didi Hudi.
“The children have been handed over to the police for immediate reunion with their families when are traced.”
The government commended community leaders for assisting the military to stabilise the situation and to apprehend suspects.