Over 20 residents of Kukum Daji, a village in the Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Nigeria, have been killed by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Reports say that the attackers, armed with rifles and other dangerous weapons, invaded the village at about 10.30pm on Sunday night and attacked the residents, mostly young partygoers.
SOKAPU gives reactions
The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), condemning the latest attack, alleged that five other people, including children, were killed on Friday 17 July by militiamen, also believed to be Fulani.
Yashen Titus, president of the community association, speaking about the events on Monday, told reporters that the victims were shot by gunmen while attending an after-wedding party at a house in the village.
Titus added that the gunmen invaded the community at roughly 10.30pm on Sunday night, shooting sporadically. They killed 17 people instantly and several others sustained various degrees of gunshot wound.
“Some of the villagers are still missing and we don’t know their state,” said Titus. “We cannot even search deep in the bushes, because security agents have yet to be deployed in the community.”
Meanwhile, the public relations officer for SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat, has condemned the inaction of the state government in seeking lasting solutions to the recurring massacres of people in Southern Kaduna.
The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the attack on Monday.
The public relations officer to the Kaduna Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident. However, he said that the command was yet to ascertain the number of casualties.
Jalige also said that security has been beefed up in the village and surrounding areas.
Injured in hospital
“Yes, there was an attack on Kukum Daji village of Kaura Local Government Area yesterday night,” he said.
“This area has been fortified, but we are yet to confirm the number of casualties. As soon as we get that, I will get back to you,” he said.
According to an eyewitness, some residents who sustained injuries during the attack are receiving treatment at the Kafanchan General Hospital.
Nana Abena Boakye-Boateng