A catholic priest, Rev. Fr Luka Benson, have been abducted as suspected bandits carried out an attack in the Ikulu chiefdom of Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state, Daly Trust is reporting.
A resident, Samuel Kukah, who confirmed the attack, said the gunmen stormed the residence of the priest, around 7:30 pm on Monday, September 13th, 2021.
Similarly, bandits invaded Apiye Jim village in Atyap chiefdom, still in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna, killing 11 persons.
The attack, according to a source, happened on Sunday evening.
Although there is no official confirmation from either the state government or the state Police command, the spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), Mr Luka Binniyat, confirmed the attack.
Binniyat said, “It is very true. They also killed another man in Atakshusho village about three kilometres from the initial scene of the crime as they were retreating to make an escape.
“Recall that an ECWA Reverend was murdered just on the outskirts of Zangon Kataf town, which our people have always complained of harbouring killers, time and again.
“As usual, no one has been apprehended. We are awaiting details of the killings, after which we shall issue a statement.”
A source many of the villagers were still missing after Monday attack but noted that, so far, no fewer than 11 lifeless bodies had been recovered.
According to him, the bandits came in large numbers and perpetrated the act in a jiffy.
He added, “They (attackers) came while it was raining and divided themselves into groups. They targeted specific houses and when done, left immediately.
“Scores of the villagers are missing at the moment. It’s impossible for one to ascertain the number of those injured and even those killed; but so far, l have counted and found 11 dead persons in different locations.”