KADUNA, Nigeria – The Southern Kaduna Peace Practitioners Network, SOKIPEP, has condemned the killings of the District Head of Gidan Zaki Village in Zangon Kataf Local Government Council of Kaduna State, Mr Haruna Kuyet and his son by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Tuesday.
The killers also left the deceased’s wife was also severely injured following machete attacks on her.
The Southern Kaduna peace-building group, in a statement Tuesday by its National Coordinator, Rev. Dauda Fadia, described the latest development as callous, insensitive and reprehensible.
While condoling the families of the deceased, the people of Southern Kaduna and the government of Kaduna State over the incident, the group charged security agencies to go all out in fishing out the culprits and make them face the full wrath of the law.
It called on the people of the area to remain calm, saying security agencies were capable of unravelling the criminals.
According to the group, it was impossible to rule out cases of clear cut assassinations given the modus operandi of the killers who it noted, carried out their activities in hooded form.
Describing the late monarch as a peace lover, SOKIPEP tasked the security agencies to probe the killings with neutrality, with the view to bringing the culprits to book.
The statement noted, “The intention of the attackers is yet unknown to us even as we are compelled to believe that their premedicated action was intended to cause ethnoreligious disharmony in our area.”
While not trying to indict or exonerate anyone, the group called on the security agencies to probe the killings thoroughly, saying that the probe must start from the community to the outside world.
“They should not be swayed by any statement which may be issued by some fifth columnists and crisis entrepreneurs to divert their attention from the crime to a particular tribe or religion just to cover their evil agenda,” the statement noted.
The group observed that the late district head was a peacemaker whose reign they adjudged to be fair and just to all, adding that he was known for his uprightness and sincerity and so did not deserve to die in the manner his attackers killed him and his lovely son.
“All hands must be on deck to track and arrest the killers and soon, too,” the group insisted.