It is going to be a black Christmas in Nindem Village in Godogodo region of Jema’ah local government area of southern Kaduna after a lone gunman opened fire on Christmas carolers killing four people instantly and injuring several others.
Colonel I.K Ekpeyong, the spokesman for the Operation ‘Safe Haven’, the Nigerian Army unit set up to maintain peace and order in southern Kaduna spoke to the newsmen present to present information about the unfortunate act of terror. He said that the bodies of the victims had been transported to the morgue while the injured persons were receiving treatment in the General Hospital in Kafanchan.
The attack occurred when the victims were gathered to observe a Christmas carol service putting a damper on the rest of the Christmas celebrations that had already been scheduled for this weekend. Colonel I Ekpeyong read an official statement on behalf of the operation ‘Safe Haven’ unit to address the situation.
“On 22 December 2017, at about 2100hrs, troops of operation safe haven responded to a distress call of an attack at Nindem village by a lone gunman. The troops discovered that the attack was on a group of people while observing Christmas Carol at the Village square”
“Four people were confirmed dead while eight others sustained various degrees of injuries. Our troops conveyed both the dead and he injured to the General Hospital in Kafanchan to further save the lives of the injured victims,” the statement read.
“In response to the attack, the troops of operation safe haven conducted a series of rapid operations in suspected locations where a number of people were apprehended. Presently, investigation is ongoing in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force.”
“Additional reinforcement of troops in the general areas have been effected to prevent likely breakdown of law and order,” the statement concluded.
The Governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir El-Rufai released a statement to express his condemnation of the attack and called for calm in the region. He prayed for the souls of the dead and quick recovery of the injured.
He also admonished all inhabitants of the region to allow the law enforcement agencies do the investigations and assured that everybody involved would be brought to justice