The paramount chief of Adara, Agom Maiwada Galadima, who had been in the den of his abductors since last Friday, has been killed.
The Kaduna State government, which confirmed this in a statement yesterday, immediately reinstated 24-hour curfew in some parts of the state.
Senior special assistant to the state governor, Samuel Aruwan, noted in the statement that Galadima was killed early in the early hours of yesterday.
He said the curfew would be observed in Kaduna metropolis, Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru, Kateri and Kachia, from 11am yesterday
Four persons, including a policeman, were killed along Kaduna/Kachia road by the abductors penultimate Friday before taking away the monarch, his wife and driver.
The kidnappers freed both the driver and the wife, leaving only the chief in their custody.
The statement issued by the state government noted: “The Kaduna state government calls for calm in all our communities. The criminal elements who perpetrated this crime should not be allowed to divide us.
“This is a struggle between good, decent, law abiding people trying to uphold the peace and criminals who want to divide and destroy. It is not a struggle between religious or ethnic groups. Let no criminal find succour in faith or tribe”.
Aruwan further noted that the curfew would be effective from 11am yesterday and remain in force until further notice.
The statement reads: “This is a necessary step to help maintain peace as we mourn the death of HRH Agom Adara, who we lost in the early hours of today to the criminals who abducted him last week.
“Let us unite against every criminal activity. Let us stand together as human beings who have a right to live in peace.”
In the statement issued to mourn the traditional ruler, Aruwan said, “Kaduna State Government extends its condolence to the family of this revered leader and to the people of the chiefdom he led with dedication and commitment.
“We mourn this quintessential traditional ruler who was killed by his abductors in the early hours of today. We are pained and heartbroken that criminal elements have taken away from us a man who did his best for peace and harmony in our state.”
“Following the abduction of the royal father, the security agencies and the government worked strenuously to secure his release. Government is shocked and disappointed by this unfortunate development. The government of Kaduna State and security agencies will pursue justice for this revered man.”
The statement added:”Dr. Galadima was a man of peace, a traditional ruler who consistently made positive contributions for the peace and tranquillity in his chiefdom and the entire state. He was a gentleman to the core.
“Kaduna State has lost a cherished leader. Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai on behalf of the government and people of the state extends deep sympathy to the immediate family and the people of the Adara Chiefdom.
“The government also wishes to appeal for calm in the chiefdom and beyond. The criminal elements who have done this heinous deed should not be allowed to further divide us”.
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