Catholic Priest, Mourners viciously attacked in Kaduna


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A Catholic Priest,  Rev. Fr. Aaron Tanko and mourners have been viciously attacked by unknown gunmen in Damakasuwa, Kaduna during a requiem mass burial of 24 murdered persons on Saturday.


This has necessitated a statement from Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) who accused President Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of non-challance in tackling issues of national security which require urgent attention.


SOKAPU in a signed statement by  Luka Biniyat disclosed that the Governor was yet to issue any statement regarding the wanton killings of state residents.

“We are particularly worried that these massacres and destruction in our communities are becoming too much to bear, considering that Governor el-Rufai has neither said anything about the killings nor shown concern to the plight of our communities whenever they are attacked.

“Of the scores of gruesome attacks, the governor has never made any sympathy visit to the communities, let alone take steps to alleviate their suffering by providing relief materials to the displaced.”

“Many of these threatened communities have consequently relocated to surrounding communities, thereby creating a very serious humanitarian situation.

“We are calling on the Kaduna State Government under el-Rufai and the Federal Government to show more commitment and sincerity in securing our communities in southern Kaduna.

“We also request that relief materials be taken to our displaced communities across Chikun, Jema’a, Kaura, Kauru, and particularly, Zangon Kataf that is presently in the eye of the storm.”

According to Rev Fr. Tanko , he was conducting a mass for the departed souls who were victims of herdsmen when gunmen unleashed terror on them in the presence of security operatives.

“This is to inform the house and to request prayers as Fulani herdsmen attacked two of Damakasuwa outstations, Chibuak and Kigudu II.”

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“About 24 persons were killed and a few injured with a couple of houses burnt. When the mass burial was on-going, they came back attacking us, even in the presence of security personnel,”

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