No fewer than eleven lifeless bodies were counted after some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen invaded a community in Kaduna State.
No official report, however, has been received from either the state government or security operatives on the Sunday night attack which reportedly occurred in Apiye Jim Village in the Atyap Chiefdom of Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of the state.

Smarts News had reported earlier that unknown gunmen murdered an ECWA Reverend on the outskirts of Zangon Kataf town.

The cleric, Rev. Silas Yakubu Ali, who hails from the same council reportedly hacked to death by his assailants.

Speaking on the Sunday evening attack which left 11 dead, the spokesperson of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, SOKAPU, Luka Binniyat said: “It is very true. They also killed another man in Atakshusho village about three kilometers from the initial scene of crime as they were retreating to make an escape.

Binniyat expressed grave concerns that despite the scores recorded in less than 24 hours in the council, no one has been apprehended yet.
“We are awaiting details of the killings, after which we shall issue a statement later today,” He said.

Another resident who spoke on anonymity, said as at Monday morning, many of the villagers were still missing after the attack.

He confirmed that at least 11 bodies had been counted following the attack.

According to him, the assailants came in large numbers while it was still raining and perpetrated the act in a jiffy and immediately escaped from the village.
He added, “They (attackers) came while it was raining and divided themselves into groups. They targeted specific houses and when done, left immediately.

“Scores of the villagers are missing at the moment. It’s impossible for one to ascertain the number of those injured and even those killed; but so far, l have counted and found 11 dead persons in different locations this morning (Monday).

The Atyapland is left to carry its cross in the hands of the attackers who moved from one village to the another killing, maiming, burning houses and destroying crops in farmlands at will, without being arrested.

With the various attacks and the occupation of our forest where we cultivate farms for our survival this year, we are busy trying to save ourselves from the attackers as people are not thinking of going to farm.”