Nine persons were reported killed in Sanga Local government area of Kaduna state even as the state government called for calm.
The attack was coming after a similar attack took place in Kachia, Chikun Kajuru, and Birnin Gwari local government areas of the state in the last three weeks.
The hoodlums it was gathered stormed the Nandu village of Sanga LG in the early hours of Saturday morning killing nine persons, while several houses were set ablaze.
As at the time of filing this report, a detachment of the police and other security agencies have been deployed to the area to maintain peace and order.
According to a government house statement signed by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan stated that the government has condemned the killings.
The statement averred: “Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commiserated with the survivors and the families of the victims after been briefed by the security agencies.
“The Kaduna State Government has been briefed by the security agencies on the killing of nine persons by criminal elements who attacked Nandu village in Sanga LGA in the early hours of today.
“The security agencies have so far recovered nine corpses, including children. The attackers also burnt several houses in the village.
“The government condemns this attack on the life and security of citizens and appeals to our communities to resist those who do not want peace.
“The governor, on behalf of the government and people of Kaduna State, commiserates with the families of the victims and prays for the repose of their souls.
“Government, security agencies, traditional and religious institutions will continue to work towards sustainable peace. In this moment of grief, we must come together to defeat the machinations of those who have no notion of respect for the lives of others.
“Violence has left an unacceptable toll of death and injury, loss of livelihoods, pain and fear. We must overcome this by respecting our common humanity, settling differences peacefully and promptly reporting threats and suspicions to the appropriate authorities. Evil will never triumph over our common humanity.
“Security agencies have been deployed in the area, and the State Emergency Management Agency has been directed to immediately provide relief materials to the affected community.”