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Less than 15 hours to 2019 general Elections, fresh violence has reportedly erupted in Kaduna State, where over 60 have been killed.
The violence occurred in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state, several media that have reporters in the state have confirmed the violence.
The violence broke a few days the state governor Nasir El-rufai made an inflammatory statement against foreign observers in Nigeria, where he said anyone foreigner who intervene in Nigerian internal democracy would be returned to their country in body bags.
The latest killings according to TheCable too place in eight settlements across the local government area.
Victims included women and young children.
In the meantime, Kaduna state government has condemned the killings, warning communities against instigating attacks or reprisals.
“Security agencies today reported the recovery of 66 bodies that were killed in attacks by criminal elements on various dispersed hamlets in the Maro Gida and Iri axis of Kajuru LGA,” read a statement issued by Sam Aruwan, spokesman of the governor.
“The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago, Ruga Daku, Ruga Ori, Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.
“Among the victims were 22 children and 12 women. Four wounded persons rescued by the security agencies are now receiving medical attention.
“Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made. The government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies. The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.
“Residents of Kaduna State are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the security agencies in person.”
Another report said security operatives have been drafted to the affected area, whether INEC would conduct elections in the affected locations is still unknown at the time of compiling this report.