Three people lost their lives in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state following an attack by unidentified gunmen on Saturday.
It was learnt that eight gunmen, all riding on motorcycles, stormed Chikwari village on Saturday at about 5 pm and opened fire on the villagers, before they escaped the scene.
The incident was said to have ignited the restlessness and suspicion among the Adara indigenous ethnic group and the Fulani.
Sources stated that the latest incident was just one of the other several attacks on communities in Kajuru, which is still recuperating from the bloody communal clashes that ravaged the area last year.
Reacting to the incident, Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, cautioned communities against resorting to self-help to settle scores.
Speaking at a security engagement with the residents on Sunday in Kajuru, Aruwan implored them to always follow the law to settle unfairness and not resort to jungle justice, as security operatives are working tirelessly to make sure peace is achieved in the area.
“As a government, we will not shy away from confronting threats to peace, law and order, and we will also not shy away from taking hard decisions that will better common good and public interest,” he said.
He also said the state government and security agencies have been putting in their best to stem the tide of bloodletting in Kajuru, adding that security agencies met with Adara and Fulani youths, and community leaders to solicit for peace and self-restraint.
“There is no justification for killing and maiming people on their farms or homes. People in their huts or while grazing are attacked and killed for no reason but sheer cruelty and evil,” he said.
“We must rise and support government and security agencies in tackling this unwholesome trend. What we are experiencing here is inhumanity perpetrated by criminals, and criminals must not be shielded with religious and ethnic identities.”
He finally added that anyone found guilty of causing trouble would face the wrath of law.