Under the auspices of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), the military and police told the Kaduna State Government that seven herders had been killed in a nationwide reprisal attack.
Those killed were in the Kauru Local Government villages of Ungwan Idi and Kasheku, while two other herders were injured in the Lere Local State Government Area village of Ningi.
The government said operational input from security agencies shows that the attacks were carried out in Gora Gan, Zangon Kataf Local Government, on Thursday night, by aggrieved youths following the killing of seven people.
In a statement, Internal Security and Homes Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan gave the names of the seven herders killed as Mustapha Haruna (one-year-old), Ya’u Kada (one-year-old), and Sa’idu Abdullahihi (one-year-old) in Ungwan Idi and Kasheku villages in Kauru Local Government (one year).
Others include Zainab Zakari (one year), Sadiya Abdullahi (five years), Aisha Abdullahi (one year and, beyond recognition, one unidentified woman burned.
The commissioner, who said six huts had been burned in the attack, said that five people were still missing and that they were being searched by soldiers in the area.
He said Aisha Mohammed, 20, and Sadiya Abdullahi, 25, who were injured in the Kauru LGA reprisal attack, were receiving medical attention at the Ungwan Idi Clinic.
He said the two herders, Bingel Odi (31 years) and Isa Joda (Seven years), wounded, were rushed to General Hospital, Saminaka, in the same local government at Ningi village of Lere Local Government District.
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who denounced the renewed counter-killings, sent condolences to the families who lost their loved ones and wished for a swift recovery for those recovering.
He described as unfortunate the renewed killing and counter-murder of innocent people of Atyap and Fulani ethnicity.
He criticized the use of violence, stating that it is not a solution to grievances and conflicts, but a tragic way to exacerbate issues and add more suffering and misery to citizens.
The governor instructed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide the impacted families with relief materials with immediate effect.