Many residents of Kajuru and Kachia LGAs in Kaduna have been killed by gunmen that invaded their homes on Tuesday morning (today).
This is just as Nigerians eagerly await the announcement of the winner of Saturday’s presidential election.
Reports say the heavily armed attackers were clad in military uniform as they shot at anyone in sight and razed houses.
Locals say policemen who attempted to combat the gunmen had ti retreat because of superior firepower.
“Our people have been killed and our houses have been burnt,” one local is quoted as saying.
The number of casualties is unknown.
Samuel Aruwan, spokesman for state governor Nasir El-Rufai, said the killings were unfortunate.
Aruwan said that the state government had been briefed of the renewed attacks.
“The Kaduna State Government has been assured that the security agencies are working assiduously to contain the situation,” he said.
“The Government is saddened by these attacks, condemns the perpetrators and urges all residents of the area to support the security.”
The incident is just as INEC declared that President Muhammadu Buhari narrowly defeated Atiku Abubakar in the presidential poll in Kaduna on Saturday.
Nigerians, in reaction to the incident, say it is a cause for worry that the government of the day hasn’t effectively found solution to indiscriminate killings in the region.