Kizara (Zamfara) – The PoliceCommandin Zamfara said on Saturday that it had arrested two suspects allegedly connected with the killing of more than 30 persons at Kizara, TsafeLocal GovernmentArea of the state.
The suspects were paraded to Gov. Abdulaziz Yari at Kizara by the stateCommissioner of Police, Mr Usman Gwary, while conducting the governor round the deserted village.
Gwary said the suspects were apprehended by a joint patrol of the police and military, assisted by local vigilance members, at two hide-outs in neighbouring villages.
The commissioner assured that the patrol team would continuehunting the killers until they were all arrested.
Responding, Yari advised the Commissioner of Police not to allow anything happen to the suspects until reliable information was obtained from them or “you will be held responsible”.
He advised that the suspects should be given heavy security protection and that they should be moved immediately to Gusau for more questioning.
The governor, who was away on an overseas trip when the incident occurred, prayed for the repose of the souls of the dead and promised to assist the villagers.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that about 150 gunmen invaded the village in the early hours of June 18, during which 30 persons were killed.
President Goodluck Jonathan had sent a Federal Government two-man delegation, made up of the Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar and the Minister of state for Works, Alhaji Bashir Yuguda, to commiserate with the villagers and improve on the security of the area.
Speaking during the visit on June 18, the I-G said he had ordered the immediate deployment of heavily armed policemen to trail and arrest the perpetrators of the ugly act. (NAN)