By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kaduna (Nigeria) – Police in Nigeria says it is yet to arrest suspected gunmen who killed 14 fulani’s on Sunday at Sabon Birni community of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
A group of gunmen on Sunday stormed a village market and gunned down 14 fulani’s at close range.
Report from the area says the attackers targeted only fulanis in the market and gun them down.
Africa Prime News gathered that the incidence occurred around 2: pm.
Traders at the market ran for safety during the attack, as the gunmen who were believed to be on a reprisal attack carried out their act.
Police Spokesperson in Kaduna, Zubairu Abubakar said in a telephone interview that the command have commenced investigation in the area..
“Immediately we got the information from the area we sent our men to fish out the killers.
“They are still in the bush trying to get the attackers, but as I speak to you now, we are yet to make any arrest,” he said.
On the allegation made by the leadership of the Fulani’s in the state on the inability of the police to arrest the suspected killers, Zubairu said ” The Fulani leaders making such accusation have not even come to the command to make their complain officially.
“We are still waiting for them to come and give their statement so that we can invite the suspects who were said to be members of vigilante in the area for their side of the story,” the police spokesman said.
The command spokesperson further added that they have sent invitation to the leaders of the vigilante in the area.
Earlier, Secretary General of Miyyeti Allah Association of Nigeria in the state, Aliyu Iliyasu Aldido said the deceased were from different communities and that they were at the market to sell their cattle when they were attacked.
He alleged that the attackers were members of vigilante group from Udawa and Kuriga villages in the area.
“They wore vigilante and soldiers uniform but we suspected them to be from Udawa and Kuriga communities. We believed they were on reprisal attacks in the area because they had suspected Fulani’s to be the ones behind attacking their communities in the past.
“As I speak to you 20 of our members are still missing. We appeal to government to intervene and we have sent our letter of complain to the police in the area,” he said.
The Secretary General also said the deceased family members have since collected the copses for burial.