Army Confirms 66 Killed In Kaduna

By Talatu Bala

The Nigerian army on Saturday  confirmed the killing of sixty-six people in communities in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

The General Officer Commanding One Division of the Nigerian Army, Major General Faruk Yahaya, said that 37 out of the 66 people killed were buried in a shallow grave near a river bank in Kajuru.

He gave the confirmation shortly after a visit with the state governor and other security personnel to the burial sites of the deceased.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdulrahman who was also on the team confirmed the death.

The state governor had on Friday said 66 persons were killed by suspected gunmen in Kajuru local government area of the state.

However, Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria on Saturday dismissed claims by Governor Nasir el-Rufai that 66 persons were killed by gunmen in the Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.

The CAN Chairman in the state, Rev. Joseph Hayab, who stated this in a statement, said that the governor deliberately gave out the wrong information to deceive Nigerians and the international community.