No fewer than 10 people have been confirmed dead in yet another new attack in the Langson community of Kaduna State’s Zango Kataf local government area, with scores of others suffering injuries of different severity.
The attack transpired despite the 24-hour curfew that was in place after last week’s attack and retaliation that left 17 people dead. It is believed to have taken place on Tuesday night up to the early hours of Wednesday morning in the impacted community.
The Atyap Community Development Association (ACDA) leadership, who acknowledged the most recent incident, has voted against the security personnel stationed in the region to safeguard people and property.
“Security officers posted to this Southern Kaduna are no longer guarding us,” claimed Mr. Sam Achie, the national president of the ACDA, “since this massacres have persisted for long and continued unabatedly and yet the government remains mum about it.”
Achie noted that it was troubling and cause for concern that the Kaduna State administration had remained silent about the area’s ongoing attacks when he visited the location of the attack.
He therefore asked the government to back up its words with deeds by apprehending the attackers because, in his opinion, the government knew who they were and where they resided.
The MOPOL detachment in the Langson community was however praised by the ACDA National President, who also urged the populace to continue to be vigilant in order to defend their homes and communities from oppressors who are determined to seize their ancestral lands and prevent other killings.
He revealed that several of the local hospitals were providing medical care to those hurt in the attack.
Mr. Francis Sani, the chairman of the Zango Kataf local government, who also verified the attack, called on the State government to send more security personnel to the LGA in order to stop the frequent attacks on innocent people and their property.
Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, the attackers broke into the neighborhood and began shooting sporadically, killing some civilians and injured others before being driven back by the MOPOL.
As at the time this story was filed, Lt. Col. I.S. Takwa, the spokesperson for Operations Safe Haven, could not be reached for comment.