The claims by governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State that 66 persons were killed by gunmen on Saturday have been dismissed and regarded as false alarm by the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Rev. Joseph Hayab, the state Chairman of the CAN Chairman, insisted in a statement that Governor deliberately gave out the wrong information to deceive Nigerians and the international community.
The Reverend said the false alarm as contained in a statement by the governor on Friday evening, was aimed at stirring up violence in the state.
The statement read, “The press statement by the spokesman for Kaduna State Governor, Mr Samuel Aruwan, suggests that “the killings in Kajuru Local Government were carried yesterday (Friday) 15/2/2019. This is false in its entirety.
“We are aware that the incident happened in the late hours of Sunday 10 February to February 12, 2019, at about 1am at Gindin Gada in the Maro Ward of Kajuru Local Government, Kaduna State where unidentified hoodlums went into the village and killed about 11 people in their sleep.
“The incident led to reprisals. Two of the suspects were said to have been apprehended and handed over to the Divisional Police Officer in the area. It was in the afternoon of the said date of the attack (as contained in the press statement) that the District Head of Kufana, Mr Titus Dauda, and four of his local chiefs were released after their invitation by the Department of State Services.
“We see this as an illogical intentional, premeditated attempt at stirring violence in the state for whatever expected gains. The incidence of raising false alarm by the Kaduna State Government should make Nigerians realise that some of our leaders are also guilty of hate speech and that makes them major actors in the game that has denied us peace and has claimed the lives of our love ones.’’
Also, a senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district whose constituency covered the affected local government, Shehu Sani, wondered why the incident that happened on Sunday would be made an issue on the eve of the general elections.
“He said, “What the people of the area told me was that the issue happened since Sunday and the security agencies waded in and resolved it immediately. There was no tension that can threaten peace in the area.
Sani added that the people were ready to vote and refused to be provoked despite desperate attempts by some people to instigate them.