At least three attendees were feared to have been slain when terrorists stormed a Catholic church in Kaduna State’s Kajuru Local Government Area on Sunday.
At least 36 people were kidnapped and three were slain in a raid on Roboh village in Kajuru LGA, according to Reuben Buhari, a former media adviser to Kaduna State’s governor.
As far as he’s concerned, kidnappings in rural areas have been going on for a long time. In most cases, they’re not publicized at all.”
Today’s attack in Kajuru LGA when 36 persons were kidnapped and three were slain was not the first. Attacked on 5 January 2022, several were taken. On April 27, 2020, a second attack on the neighborhood resulted in the burning of many homes. Then there was today’s attack, on June 19th, 2022.”
“The people in the area agreed to start holding church services early by 7 a.m. so that people can rapidly return to their homes,” he explained. While both Catholic and Baptist churches were in session at the time of the kidnapping, the kidnappers struck.”
He told me about his wife, mother and daughter being kidnapped from the Baptist church where they were worshiping. His voice is filled with a level of pain that none of us should ever have to endure. Insecurity in Roboh is exacerbated by the fact that most residents have difficulty farming their land. “Also, because many of the nearby villages have been invaded at various points in time, it is difficult for people to go far from Roboh to tend to their crops.”
Until then, this man and others would wait for the kidnappers to phone and demand a ransom. If they couldn’t raise the ransom, they’d start begging, selling, and borrowing. Kidnappers would return to kill and kidnap again once the ransom had been paid, he alleged.
Minister of Internal Security and Home Affairs of Kaduna State Samuel Aruwan stated security services have reported to the Kaduna State Government that bandits had targeted worshippers and locals in Ungwan Fada, Turawa, and Makam in Rubu general area of Kajuru local government.
In a statement released Sunday, Aruwanon said motorcycle-riding bandits assaulted the villages of Ungwan Fada, Ungwan Turawa, and finally Rubu.
“The bandits attacked worshippers at Maranatha Baptist Church and St. Moses Catholic Church in Rubu hamlet,” the statement claimed.
At least three residents were slain in the attacks. Ali Zamani (youth leader of Rubu), Elisha Ezekiel (resident of Ungwan Fada), and Peter Madaki (Ward head of Ungwan Fada) were identified as the three.
“The attacks harmed two people: Aniro Mai and a woman who has not yet been named. According to the reports, a handful of locals were also kidnapped.”
“Shops were robbed, and valuables were taken from the communities by the robbers.”
Acting Governor Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe expressed deep sorrow and strongly condemned the attack. The relatives of the slain victims received her profound condolences and she prayed for their souls to rest in peace.”
“The Acting Governor also expressed his sympathies to the victims of the incident and wished for their quick recovery.” As the inquiry continues, security patrols are being performed in the general region.”
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