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Five killed, as gunmen abducts traditional ruler, wife in Kaduna


The paramount ruler of the Adara people, Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, the Agwom Adara, Mr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima and his wife were on Friday abducted by gunmen.
His police orderly and four others were said to have been killed on the spot by the bandits.
Eyewitness said the abduction of the paramount ruler, a first class chief, took place at around 5pm on Friday at Makyali village after Kasuwan Magani.
It was learnt that the traditional ruler had earlier accompanied Governor Nasir el-Rufai who visited Kasuwan Magani in his domain, to commiserate with the people over the bloody violence that claimed several lives in the area.
The traditional ruler was returning to his palace in Kachia after the visit when his convoy was intercepted.
Eye witness said about 30 minutes after leaving Kasuwan Magani, the convoy was attacked by 40 gun men who opened fire.
“They started shooting as they
surrounded the vehicle of the traditional ruler. They pulled out the police orderly from the car and killed him instantly.
“They asked us to lie down. They ordered the traditional ruler and his wife out of the car and forced them to the bush.
The abduction of the traditional ruler came less than 24 hours after Thursday’s bloody clashes between Muslim and Christian youths in Kasuwan Magani Community, also in Kajuru Local Government Area which claimed over 50 lives with property worth millions of naira destroyed.
The abduction of the traditional ruler, though not might not be connected with the violence in Kasuwan Magani, many communities in Kajuru council are said be gripped by fear of reprisal attacks.
Confirming the abduction of the paramount ruler in a telephone interview, Chairman of Adara Development Association (ADA), Maisamari Dio, said the traditional ruler was abducted near Idon village on his way from Kaduna to Kachia, his aboard.
“Initially we thought that it was an armed robbery attack. We thought he was killed, but now it has been confirmed that he and his wife were kidnapped while the driver and four others were killed.
Meanwhile about 60 people were said to have been killed during Thursday’s clashes in Kasuwan Magani although the Kaduna state police commissioner, Ahmad Abdur-Rahman confirmed that 55 people were killed.
Sources said corpses of the victims were evacuated to hospitals in Kaduna on Thursday night by security personnel.
The corpses were said to have been deposited at Barau Dikko Specialist hospital, St. Gerald Catholic hospital and Agwam Awan hospital.
Another source, said four corpses were also buried on Thursday night in Kasuwan Magani .
But Dio who also spoke on the killings, maintained that about 100 people may have been killed in the incident.
He insisted that in Barau Dikko General hospital alone, over 50 corpses were deposited in the morgue.
He said the incident was not a clash as some people are saying, but a massacre.
“Those whose houses are closed to the market brought out weapons and started killing people in the market over a minor misunderstanding” he said.
Spokesman of the Kaduna state police command, Yakubu Sabo, did not respond to several telephone calls and a text message sent to his mobile phone.


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