24 residents, most early morning Mosque worshippers, were killed by the attackers.
The Emir of Birnin Gwari, Zubairu Maigwari, said the gunmen that attacked Dogon Dawa village and killed about 22 people on Sunday were criminals who were driven away from Zamfara State.
Mr. Maigwari made the disclosure, on Monday, when he received the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, at the residence of the head of vigilante unit of Dogon Dawa, Makama, who was killed alongside others in the attack.
“Information available to him shows that the criminals were driven out of Zamfara state and decided to make Birnin Gwari their new home,” he said.
The Emir told the governor that the gunmen were on a revenge mission, adding that with proper collaboration between the vigilante members of the community and other security agencies, the criminals can be rounded up.
The Governor, who was already in Abuja on his way out of the country when the incident occurred, cancelled his trip and returned to Kaduna to proceed straight to Dogon Dawa.
Mr. Yakowa visited the house of the late head of the vigilante, Makama Aliyu, and other places in the village. He was accompanied by top security officials and politicians from the state.
The governor told the people of the area that the state will do all within its power to round up those who carried out the dastardly act. He told the emir that a Special Security Council meeting will be held to map out strategy of driving the criminals from Birnin Gwari.
He also stated that Kaduna State will collaborate with the security officers of Niger, Zamfara, Kebbi and Katsina, who share the same boarder with Birnin Gwari, on how to curtail the activities of the criminals.
According to the governor, the need to further improve on the security situation in the state influenced the decision to buy 40 more additional operational vehicles for the state security outfit – Operation Yaki.
While condoling with those who were injured, the governor ordered the commissioner of health, Turaki Kalik, to immediately take charge of those in the hospital and pay all medical bills.
The Kaduna Police Commissioner, Olufemi Adenaike, had Sunday evening, confirmed that 24 persons were killed in the incident, last Sunday. Two of the dead were among the attackers.