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Buhari condemns killings of 66 persons in Kaduna

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday night said that he was “pained beyond words” by the news of the new wave of killings on election eve in Kaduna State.

Reacting to the reports of violent killings in Kajuru local government, Kaduna State, President Buhari described it as an “act of cowardice.”

In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the President assured that security forces will investigate and apprehend all those involved.

“The perpetrators of this mayhem will not go unpunished,” said the President.

He said that the action will not distract the nation from the elections starting tomorrow (today).

His government, he said, is determined to foil the designs of those who want to disrupt the exercise.

No fewer than 66 persons were confirmed killed in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Friday.

Kaduna state government confirmed the incident and warned all communities against instigating attacks or reprisals.

A government statement by Samuel Aruwan, media aide to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i on Friday in Kaduna, said that security agencies have been deployed to the area, while arrests have been made.

“Security agencies today reported the recovery of 66 bodies that were killed in attacks by criminal elements on various dispersed hamlets in the Maro Gida and Iri axis of Kajuru LGA.

“The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.

“Among the victims were 22 children and 12 women. Four wounded persons rescued by the security agencies are now receiving medical attention.

“Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made.

“Government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies.

“The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.

“Residents of Kaduna State are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm.”

According to the statement, any suspicious activity should be reported to the security agencies in person or through the following lines: 09034000060 and 08170189999.

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