Suspected gunmen, on Monday, killed one person, burnt a Baptist Church and abducted many students in preparatory class for their final year examinations in Damba-Kasaya village, Chikun LGA, Kaduna State.
A resident in the area, Musa Ademu explained that the gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen on motorcycles, invaded Damba-Kasaya village, abducted many students, and burnt down a Baptist Church with its musical instruments
Another resident in the area, who do not want his name in print, said on Monday evening that the gunmen, who killed one person and abducted many of the villagers, later stormed popular Prince Academy in the village to abduct Junior Secondary School (JSS3) students receiving lessons preparatory to their final exams.
“The bandits came in large numbers like they always do and were shooting sporadically.
“Besides, the bandits also destroyed the musical and public address system worth thousands of naira in Aminchi Baptist Church, located in the community.
“They abducted many people in the village. Then they went to Prince Academy and abducted many of the students who were receiving lessons for their JSS3 exams.
“I cannot say how many people were kidnapped but they went away with many people.
“Soldiers who came to their rescue, turned back after some few kilometres, leaving some of the villagers who accompanied them to rescue the victims.
“The villagers, not knowing that the soldiers had withdrawn, kept pursuing the bandits in the bush, the bandits fired at them and one person was killed,” he said.
Kaduna State Police Command’s spokesman, ASP Muhammad Jalige could not pick his calls to confirm the incident.