As Nigeria prepares for the 2019 presidential election, 66 people have reportedly lost their lives to attack by gunmen in Kajuru local government area of Kaduna state.

According to reports, among the victims are 22 children and 12 women while four wounded persons were said to have been rescued by security agents who were alerted of the attacks, Daily Trust reports.

Confirming the incident, Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai, expressed sadness at the development.The governor consequently vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to book.

Government condemns the attacks and commiserates with the families of the victims. Security agencies have been deployed to the area and arrests have been made.

The government urges community, traditional and religious leaders in the area to encourage residents to avoid any reprisal attacks and to leave the matter in the hands of the security and law enforcement agencies.

The killings are being investigated and residents are assured that indicted persons will be prosecuted.

Residents of Kaduna state are enjoined to uphold peace and harmony, shun violence and allow the elections to be held in an atmosphere of calm,” the governor said, according to Channels.

The settlements affected include Ruga Bahago,Ruga Daku,Ruga Ori,Ruga Haruna, Ruga Yukka Abubakar, Ruga Duni Kadiri, Ruga Shewuka and Ruga Shuaibu Yau.

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