From Mohammad Ibrahim
KADUNA, Nigeria (29/01/2015) – Police in Nigeria have confirmed the killing of 4 persons in Zangon Kataf Local Government of Kaduna State, northwest Nigeria in a cow rustling incidence.
Police spokesman in Kaduna, Zubairu Abubakar confirmed the incident, but an eyewitness however said the figure were as high as 9.
Reports say the incident occurred Tuesday night when attackers stormed the village to steal cows, but they were resisted by the villagers – seven of the villagers who came out to challenge the rustlers got killed alongside two of the cow owners.
A leader in the community who does not want his name mentioned told reporters on phone that the attackers escaped.
“They escaped before the arrival of the security agents. So far we lost 9 people 7 villagers who came to dare the rustlers and 2 owners of the cows,” he said.
The informant however said, solders have been deployed in the area to bring back law and other.
Government Media Aide, Ahmed Maiyaki, said the attack was an attempt to cause confusion in the state and to heighten tension among the peaceful people of the state.
“It is rather sad that some people will stop at nothing in achieving their selfish goals including shedding the blood of innocent citizens of the state,” he said.
Government has directed its Emergency Management Agency to provide support to victims of the attack.