By Ben Agande & Joseph Erunke
Kaduna—Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen reportedly killed six people in Bakin Kogi, Kaninkon chiefdom in Jama’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday morning, just as troops nabbed three Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.
Auta Maurice, a member of the security committee in Bakin Kogi, said the people were killed in separate attacks between 10a.m. and 11a.m., yesterday. He added that the gunmen, numbering about 10, wore Army and Police uniforms.
Maurice said three people were killed in the bush when they went to cut wood for the roofing of their houses, while the three others were killed at a local mining site, adding that four people, who sustained injuries, were taken to the hospital in Kafanchan.
His words: “The attacks occurred in the bush. The first attack occurred at about 10a.m. when some members of our community went to the bush to cut wood for roofing their houses.
“All of a sudden, the herdsmen opened fire at them and three people were killed while others managed to escape. The second attack happened at about 11a.m. at a local mining site. Three people were also killed there, while four others were injured.
“The herdsmen were dressed in army camouflage and mobile police uniforms.”
Maurice said the distance between the village and the place where the other attack took place is about five kilometres.
“We reported the case to the soldiers maintaining security in our community and we went to the bush with them, but the bandits had fled by the time they reached there,” he said.
However, the police could not confirm the incident as Aliyu Mukhtar, spokesman of the Kaduna state police command could neither responded to calls nor reply a text message sent to his telephone.
On the arrest of terrorists in Borno, troops engaging in internal security in the North-East, Wednesday, arrested three members of Boko Haram terrorist group.
The terrorists, who were nabbed at Ngurore area of the state by the troops of 23 Brigade, Nigerian Army under Operation Dole, according to a statement, by the Nigerian Army through its spokesman, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, followed information by concerned citizens about the presence of the terrorists in the area.
The statement identified the suspects as Adam Yagga, Musa Kamsulum and Abba Djidoum are all from Darajimal in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
“One of the suspects, Abba Djidoum, with series of Gunshot wounds on his thigh, confessed to have operated with the Boko Haram terrorists at fringes of Izza, Wudula and Blakule in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, “the statement said.
It added that the” suspect is undergoing preliminary investigation with 23 Brigade Provost Company. “
“ We commend patriotic members of Civilian vigilante (Civilian JTF) for their resilience and continued cooperation with troops, and urge members of the public to emulate their vigilance and security consciousness by reporting any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest military location.
“We wish to remind repentant Boko Haram fighters that the window of opportunity to embrace the Federal Government Amnesty program is still open to them to surrender and lay down their weapons.
“It is also gratifying to report that the troops’ morale remains high as they dominate the general area with a robust fighting patrol in continuation with the clearance operations.“