Bandits kill another community leader in Kaduna

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Lawal Musa, a leader of the Fulani community in Kajuru LGA in Kaduna, has been gunned down following an attack by unidentified bandits.

Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs, confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Monday.

Musa, popularly referred to as “alhaji Maijama’a”, was reportedly killed on Sunday night.

According to the Commissioner, Musa was on a motorcycle with his brother when gunmen opened fire on them.

“A Fulani community leader in Doka general area of Kajuru local government, Alhaji Lawal Musa, popularly known as Alhaji Maijama’a, was assassinated by armed bandits on Sunday night,” the statement reads.

“This was reported to the Kaduna State Government by security agencies on Sunday. Alhaji Lawal Musa was a Fulani community leader in the Doka general area of Kajuru LGA who worked closely with other community leaders towards the success of peacebuilding efforts in the area.

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“Alhaji Lawal Musa was brutally killed by armed bandits in his settlement, right before his family. He was on a motorcycle with his elder brother, Alhaji Gide Musa, when some assailants opened fire on them. Alhaji Gide Musa escaped with gunshot injuries, while the gunmen got hold of Alhaji Maijama’a and hacked him to death.

“He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. His brother is recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.”

According to Aruwan, Musa’s contributions were “instrumental towards the re-opening of the Doka weekly market, peaceful resumption of activities at abandoned places of worship and resumption of grazing and farming in the Doka general area”.

The commissioner also made it known that Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai condemned the incident and sent his condolences to the family of the deceased.

The governor described the late Fulani leader as an “exemplary leader and a champion of peaceful coexistence”.

 

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