Three persons have died in separate attacks by terror groups in some communities in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, a government official said.
Samuel Aruwan, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, disclosed in a statement while giving the weekly security updates on Saturday.
The sequence of attacks, Aruwan said, started in Ungwan Sha’awa where one Ubangida Dogo was reportedly killed in his home with his son, Jude Ubangida, sustaining injuries.
The attack spread to Ungwan Galadima and Ungwan Gamu where Bulus Gwamna and Daniel Danlami lost their lives.
The commissioner said preliminary investigations suggested that the killers conducted their attacks with help from some locals.
He said this led to the lynching of a young man identified as “Dictor” in a revenge attack by an angry mob in Kujeni village.
“Security agencies are investigating alleged collaboration with bandits by some locals during attacks in Kajuru LGA. Preliminary investigations suggest the bandits conducted these attacks with the aid of some local youths,” Aruwan said.
“As security agencies probed this further, one such suspect known simply as ‘Doctor’, from Kujeni village, was swiftly attacked and killed by youths of Maro in revenge. Just before his death, he confessed his involvement in the attack.”
“And he named a certain Fidelis Ali, also from Maro, as another accomplice of the bandits. Ali has since been arrested and taken into custody by the Police.”
He said security operatives had been deployed to identify actors involved in the alleged lynching for prosecution.
Aruwan said Nasir El-Rufai, the state governor, expressed deep concern about the local youths’ possible collaboration with the terrorists.
Recently, the terrorists have intensified their deadly attacks on villages, maiming and kidnapping as they operate from their camps within the large swathes of forests straddling Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states.
There have been divided opinions among governors of the affected states as some rally behind the amnesty proposed by Sheikh Ahmad Gini, a Kaduna-based Islamic cleric.
Others like Governor El-Rufai have rejected the suggestion.
El-Rufai has said his administration was at war with the terrorists, adding that eliminating them would be the only solution to ‘banditry’ in the region.
“Why should they be compensated after killing people, destroyed their houses? Who offended them? Ahmad Gumi is my friend, and this is what we discussed with him.”
“I told him that the majority of these Fulani bandits don’t believe in religion. Therefore, I don’t believe in what he [Gumi] is doing, that they should be forgiven and compensated,” he once said.