Eleven members of the same family were locked up and burnt in their house in Kaduna yesterday by armed bandits who invaded their Bakali Village in Fatika district of Giwa Local Government Area.
It was learnt that the 11 victims were among 21 residents of the village who lost their lives to the unprovoked attack during which the gunmen set houses ablaze. The attack came barely three days after suspected Boko Haram insurgents invaded Auno Village in Borno State, killing 10 people and destroying 18 vehicles.A community leader and head of the family of the burnt 11 victims in Kaduna, Malam Sani Bakali, told journalists that the gunmen stormed the village around 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday and operated for two hours.
“The bandits stormed our village on several motorbikes, brandishing AK47 riffles. Immediately they came, they started moving round the village, shooting sporadically. In the process, they came to our house and set it ablaze, with 11 people inside. All the 11 people were members of my family. They included three women and eight children, who were wives and children of my three younger brothers.
When contacted, the new Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhamnad Jalige, confirmed the attack, though he could not confirm the casualty figures.Jalige said: “There was an attack in Giwa, Bakali village to be precise, and we have sent a team of police officers and men there to ascertain the situation of things. We are going to get across to you as soon as we have the details.”
“Boko Haram cannot come up to Maiduguri or its environs without the local leadership knowing because traditionally, the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas,” he said. President Buhari promised more proactive and decisive measures to put an end to the menace in the country once and for all. He noted that intelligence sharing between law enforcement agencies and the civil populace was critical towards achieving the objectives. “I call on the leadership at various levels to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies and let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens. I assure you that improvement in security will be pursued vigorously. The military will work harder and strategise with tactics to deal with the insurgents. This is, however, not possible without good intelligence and cooperation with local community leaders.
“We will do our best and I hope history will be kind to us; to recall what was on the ground when we came and what will be on the ground when we leave,” he added.The president who refused to shake some of the traditional rulers that welcomed him at the airport by 1:30 p.m., said: “The cooperation of your people with our troops and other security agencies by providing credible information could end insurgency not only in Borno but other states of Yobe and Adamawa.”
Buhari later proceeded to the Government House, Maiduguri for his lunch and prayers, and later took his flight to Abuja by 3:30 p.m.Governor Babagana Zulum, at the airport and Shehu’s palace, urged the president to deploy more troops to Boko Haram hideouts in the Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region.He said the insurgents launched their attacks from the forests and other hideouts, including some of the caves at Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area. Contrary to the expectations of the affected communities, Buhari cancelled his planned visit to Auno.“There is no need to go to Auno, as the president’s visit to Borno was to condole with the victims and people of the state,” Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president, said.
Residents of Bulumkutu at the airport round about protested against President Buhari’s visit saying “Bamu so, bamu so ziyarka Buhari” meaning “we don’t want your visit.” They said the president’s visit was belated, after loss of many lives and property in previous attacks and bombings in the state.In its reaction, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that the rejection of President Buhari was a clear message to him that Nigerians held him responsible for the escalated insecurity in the country.
The party also charged Buhari to go beyond his sympathy visit to Borno and take decisive steps to end the killings in that state and other parts of the country. According to PDP, the rejection also showed a loss of confidence in the Buhari presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, demanded that the president should not limit his visit to Borno but also visit other parts of the country, including Kaduna, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Yobe, Adamawa, Zamfara, Kogi, Niger and Taraba to face the feelings of Nigerians as well as view the national devastation his poor handling of security and infrastructure has caused the nation.