Following the killings of 20 people at a mosque in Dogo Dawa, Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area, about 100 kilometres from Kaduna yesterday, a source in the community who does not want his name mentioned has told news reporters what really happened. According to the source, “Sometimes ago, there were a series of robberies in the area, especially along the Kaduna/ Birnin Gwari Highway. Some women were even raped in the process. So, a committee was set up to help find out those responsible and put an end to it.
The committee did a good job as they were able to identify some of those responsible for the robberies and other criminal activities in the area.
“A former Hakimi (District Head) in Dogo Dawa was in charge of the committee that was responsible for sanitising the area and that was why, in the last three month, there was no robbery in the area as the people were able to identify the criminals and they were being silently eliminated one after the other.
“Many of the criminals must have fled the village when they discovered that they no longer had a base there.
“But this (Sunday) morning, they came back and went to the house of the man they suspected to be responsible for identifying them. They killed him and two of his children and cut off the hand of his wife. They also killed 17 other people in the village. I learnt that those people they killed were just coming from the early morning prayers.