Kaduna — The 7 members of a family killed by gunmen in Azasak-Madauchi near Zonkwa have been buried.
The victims received a mass burial at the family compound on Thursday afternoon amidst outpourings of emotion by residents and friends.
Speaking, the village head of the area Yahaya Ma'aji thanked the people for not taking the law into their hands and urged the government and security agents to improve on intelligence gathering.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna state government has condemned the attack saying it came at a time when concerted efforts were being made for continued peace in the state.
A statement by the governor's Senior Special Assistant on Media, Reuben Buhari stated that, "The Executive Governor of Kaduna State is truly saddened by the gory incident of Wednesday 14, 2011 in Madauchi, Zangon Kataf Local Government.
"More saddening is the fact that this incident came in when more concerted effort by this Government, through the Peace and Reconciliation Committee, is being made to entrenched lasting and sustainable peace in Kaduna state.
"But even in the face of such unwarranted and deliberate attempt to incite and create chaos, the state government will not be deterred in its quest of ensuring a
secured and united Kaduna state. The State Government, while totally condemning the killing as an act of barbarism, sympathize with the families of the departed, His Highness, the Agwam Bajju, Mallam Nuhu Bature, the Local Government Council and the entire people of the state. I urge us all to take comfort and strength from the fact that this loss is shared by many who truly care for them and may that give us the courage to face our tomorrow with the hope that peace will find a permanent abode within our state soonest," the statement stated.
Security agents deployed as traditional ruler calms protesting youths
The quick intervention of the Paramount ruler of the Bajju, Nuhu Bature and the deployment of security agencies has calmed the protest embarked upon by the youth in Azasak-Madauchi near Zonkwa over the killings of a family of seven on Wednesday night and prevented it from spreading.
Addressing the youths, the Agwam Bajju asked them not to take the law into their hands as government was doing everything humanly possible to tackle the problem.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Interim Management Committee Zangon Kataf Local government Area, Dominic Gambo Yahaya who was at the scene, appealed to the youths to remain calm adding that violence can not be addressed with violence.
Speaking, National President of Bajju Development Association (BADA) youth wing, Gad Ezekel told the traditional ruler and the Local government chairman that the youth can not fold their hands while people are killed regularly in a community with a military checkpoint.
"We see no justice keeping the military personnel here while many people are been killed. If they are not going to improve their intelligence gathering, they have no
reason being here. We have agreed not to take the law into our hands but if these night killings continue, we will not agree because the people that are killing us
are not ghosts. We have been pushed to the wall and there will be problem if these things continue."
When contacted, the Kaduna police spokesman, Aminu Lawan said they have launched a man hunt to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
"We have also beefed up security in the area and everywhere is calm. People should go about their businesses," Lawan said.
Youths take to streets to protest latest Kaduna killing
Hundreds of youths in Azasak near Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf local government area of Kaduna state are currently protesting the killing of about seven members of a family.
The youths who are holding leafs and items of clothing are chanting their protests, which mainly has to do with the withdrawal of military personnel from the area.
"If the military personnel can't protect the people, they have no business being here. They should go. We will protect ourselves," Samaila Bala said.
Kaduna police spokesman, Aminu Lawal could not pick the call put to him by our correspondent to respond to the development.
Gunmen kill 7 in Kaduna village
Yet to be identified gunmen on Wednesday night attacked Azansak near Zonkwa, Zangon Kataf Local government of Kaduna state killing seven members of one family.
The incident began at about 11pm, according to an eyes witness, when the gunmen invaded the community and started shooting sporadically in the air. The shooting went on for over 30 minutes, he told Daily Trust.
According to the National President of the Bajju Youth Association Gad Ezekiel the attackers killed all the members of a family leaving behind only a little girl.
"We saw a trailer park in the day time. At about 11pm, when we had gone to to sleep, we began to hear gun shots. I rushed with my wife and daughter to a safer place. When we came back, all the people in the house had been burnt right in the house. We don't know what is happening but after the incident we discovered that we could not find the trailer anymore," said Emmanuel Musa, a resident.
Nuhu Baba, another resident of the area told Daily Trust that in spite of a military check point in the area, the gunmen shot sporadically in the air for over
30 minutes but no security man went to the area to save the people until after the gunmen had left.
The police in Kaduna is yet to make a statement concerning the killings.