Some of the bodies of victims of Gwaska, Birnin Gwari attack lined up for funeral prayer on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Doka, Kaduna State
Tears flowed freely in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State as 45 bodies of those killed by bandits in Gwaska village were buried on Sunday.
According to Daily Nigerian, the youths and vigilante in the village had planned to stage a protest and barricade a major road to call on government to check incessant killings in the area.
Hundreds of youths and vigilante members bearing local weapons had gathered at Doka town, where the burial took place, threatening to take “decisive action”.
It took the intervention of community leaders to calm the frayed nerves of the irate youths, who vowed to take to the streets and avenge the killings.
“We have to calm them down, otherwise they block the road and cause destruction,” said a community leader, Zubair Idris.
On Sunday, the Kaduna State Police Commissioner, Austin Iwar said the cause of the massacre might be as a result of disagreement between Gwaska vigilante and some bandits.
“Gwaska is in the middle of the forest. Even from Birnin Gwari, access to the village is very difficult. But they have a very strong vigilante that protect the town against the attackers.
“I can’t say it is retaliatory attack, but preliminary investigation shows that there were issues between the Gwaska vigilante, who are very powerful, and the bandits,” the CP told Daily Nigerian.