by ‘Jola Sotubo
One member of a gang believed to be responsible for the deaths of an entire family in Kaduna has been arrested.
The attack was carried out in Manchok community in the Kaura Local Government Area of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The unidentified suspect was apprehended by the community’s youth, after the death of Nathanial Abins, his wife and their five children, and has been handed over to the police.
The Sun reports:
The suspect who got the beating of his life by the angry youths before he was handed over to the police told the people how they carried out the attack on the community after two months of surveillance.
He said: “I am a Fulani man from one of the northern states. The leader of our group is the son of a Fulani Ardo in Zonkwa, the headquarters of Zango Kataf Local Government Area in Kaduna State who left Zonkwa shortly after the 2011 post-election violence.”
He confessed that the gang had maintained its presence in the Manchok Friday market in the last two months with a view to spying on the community. “We stormed the village at about 10pm through Zangang from Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. We rested in the desert until midnight on Friday. We first of all went to the house of Mr. Nathanial Abins, slaughtered his wife and the five children silently. We also followed the man who was behind the house and killed him,” the suspects narrated.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Kaduna State Command, DSP Aminu Lawan, told Sunday Sun that investigation was still going on to unravel the circumstances of the killing. “We are still investigating. We were there with the governor yesterday and we are still investigating”, he said.
Meanwhile, the victims of the attack have been given mass burial in their family compound amidst tears of sorrow.
During the burial, the Catechist of St. Francis Catholic Church, Manchok Gaiya wondered how such an attack went unchallenged despite the high presence of security operatives in the area since 2011.
He, therefore, called on the security agencies in the area to desist from arresting suspects and releasing them without bringing them to book, saying that “such action has not helped the communities in Southern Kaduna who have been under constant attacks by gunmen.”