Reprisal attack claim herder in Kaduna community

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Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), the multi-security taskforce maintaining law and order in parts of southern Kaduna have reported the killing of one Hamisu Bello by aggrieved locals after suspected herders allegedly killed four people in Goska in Jema’a local government area of the state.

The taskforce in a report to the Kaduna State Government said Bello’s corpse was recovered in a forest at Rafin Dadi, Kaninkon Chiefdom of the same LGA, bearing deep machete cuts.

Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who confirmed this in a statement issued on Wednesday said: “Preliminary investigations by the military revealed that Bello came to the area to graze cattle and did not return home, prompting a search which led to the discovery of his corpse.”

He also said: “Further checks by the military indicated that he was killed by aggrieved locals following the killing of four farmers in Goska, in same LGA”.

He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the report with sadness and condoled the family of the herder, while praying for the repose of his soul.

He further said El-rufai had tasked security agencies to conduct diligent investigations into the incident, as well as appeal to all residents to maintain recourse to law and not engage in reprisals.

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