By Abiodun OBA
A vigilante head and four other worshippers have been killed by bandits in a mosque in Saya Village of Ikara Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
They were killed while observing their Isha pray on Friday night while two other victims were killed in other parts of the village.
A source who pleaded for anonymity revealed that five worshippers were gunned down inside the mosque during the prayers, while two other victims were killed by the bandits in other parts of the village.
A community leader in the village, Abdulrahaman Yusuf, confirmed that the vigilante leader was trailed to the mosque where he and other victims were shot and killed.
“We suspected they traced the vigilante leader to the mosque to attack him. We were inside the mosque praying when they arrived and started shooting.
“Five persons were killed in the mosque, while a driver who brought food items to the village was also killed. The other person was killed at a nearby village.”
Yusuf added that security has been beefed up in Ikara following the bandits’ attack.
This was just as he said that one of the victims with gunshot wounds had been rushed to the Aminu Kano Hospital in Kano State.
According to him, security agencies comprising soldiers and police from Ikara town and Palgore area arrived at the scene around 12:30 a.m.
However, it was gathered that by the time the security personnel came, the bandits had already left the village.
The acting Public Relations Officer of the state Police Command, Mansir Alhassan, also confirmed the attack, noting that police personnel had been mobilised to comb nearby bushes with a view to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
Alhassan also used the opportunity to call on the public to report any suspicious movement or the presence of strange faces within their vicinity for prompt response by the force.
He blamed the unfortunate incident on the community who failed to inform the police of the presence of the bandits in good time in order to foil the attack.
According to him, the bandits were spotted in the village on surveillance earlier in the day but none of the villagers could alert the appropriate security agency before the hoodlums struck in the night.
“The Command is not happy with the situation as according to him, “the bandits went to the village around 4 pm, buying things from the villagers. Seeing strange faces, the villagers are supposed to communicate with the police in the area.
“The Commissioner of Police is drawing the attention of the public that whenever they see strange faces, they alert security agencies that are close to them.
“The public should assist the police in giving them prompt information for quick response.”