Suspected Fulani Herdsmen reportedly attacked Birnin Gwari, a village in Kaduna State over the weekend. Residents say the armed bandits that invaded Birnin Gwari were from the neighboring Dansadau village of Zamfara State. And according to a journalist that visited the scene of the attack, corpses of slain residents could still be seen across the village.
“These bandits attacked the village in broad daylight and killed many people. They even killed the village Sarkin Fawa (Head of local vigilante) on his way back to the village”, a former Birnin Gwari Local Government chairman who did not want his name in the story, told Premium Times.
The Birnin-Gwari people under the auspices of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance said, death toll in the Saturday attack has now risen to over 71.
The journalist, Olatunji Saliu who paid a visit to the scene, narrated his experience.
Corpses still litter Nigeria’s northwestern village of Gwaska attacked by gunmen last Saturday. I’ve just returned from the place, on an on-the-spot reporting of the incident. I joined the villagers to search for corpses in the thick bushes surrounding the village in Birnin-Gwari area of the northern state of Kaduna. Our team found two corpses during the search. They were quickly buried in shallow graves. We saw dozens of bullet shells, burnt bicycles and mud houses
At least 73 bodies have been buried so far. Gwaska is a populated village in Birnin-Gwari. It is 291 kilometers away from the Kaduna city center. It has no good road, no school, no fence, no functional health facility, no source of water supply. Most of its dwellers are farmers who go to source for water in other villages to do their farming work, drink, cook and bath.
The place is prone to more attacks, with no presence of security operatives. Only the brave can go to that place without police/military escort. I did. I went there with two other brave colleagues. We’re back and happy that we made the trip.