The Kaduna State government on Friday confirmed that the traditional ruler of Atom Adara Chiefdom, Maiwada Galadima, who was abducted last Friday during the violence that enveloped the state, has been killed.
His body was found near a bush at Kateri area along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in the early hours of Friday.
Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
He said that the state government has now reimposed a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis and environs effective from 11am today. He said the curfew would be enforced until further notice, adding that Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru, Kateri and Kachia were also affected.
He described the killing of the traditional ruler in Kachia Local Government Area of the state as inhuman.
Gunmen had intercepted the convoy of the royal father at Maikyali village along Kaduna-Kachia Road on Friday last week and opened fire on the vehicles. The traditional ruler’s police orderly and three others in his convoy were shot dead by the gunmen who later took him and his wife away to an unknown location.
The traditional ruler’s wife regained her freedom two days after, but he was held hostage by his abductors who demanded a ransom from his family.
Below is the full statement from the government today:
The Kaduna State Government has reinstated a 24-hour curfew on Kaduna metropolis and environs, Kasuwan Magani, Kajuru, Kateri and Kachia. The curfew is effective from 11am today, Friday, 26th October 2018 and will remain in force until further notice
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.
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.
Let us unite against every criminal activity. Let us stand together as human beings who have a right to live in peace.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor (Media & Publicity)
26th October 2018