- About 35 people were reportedly killed and 58 abducted as suspected bandits attacked communities in Chikun and Birnin Gwari LGAs, Kaduna state
- The bandits have also reportedly demanded N100 million ransom to release the abducted persons
- Residents of the affected communities are crying out for help as the bandits also allegedly destroyed their homes and farms
Suspected bandits have reportedly attacked 10 communities in Chikun and Birnin Gwari local government areas of Kaduna state, allegedly killing 35 people and abducting another 58.
The Cable reports that the suspected carried out the attacks on Monday, January 6, and demanded the payment of N100 million ransom for the release of their victims.
Some residents have fled their homes after the deadly attack.
One of the residents, Habila Sarkin Noma, said the bandits called to demand N100 million ransom to release the victims alive.
Noma claimed that the bandits had been attacking the communities for a long time, adding that they threatened to kill anyone that ever dared to protest.
“Sometimes when they attack and take captives, we will manage and pay a ransom. Even after paying, sometimes they kill the victims.
“But the attacks that took place on the 6th January 2020, was the worst, they killed about a total of 35 people and kidnapped a total of 58 people in 10 villages,” he said.
Jonathan Asake, the president of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), reportedly visited the victims of the attack on Monday, January 13.
He called on the state government and the international community to come to the aid of the victims, adding that the bandits destroyed the villagers' houses and farm products.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Samson Salau, a suspected gunrunner from Plateau state, confessed to selling dangerous weapons, including AK-47 guns, to armed robbers and bandits attacking some northern states, including Kaduna.
Salau, in a video clip, confessed to the crimes while being interrogated by DSP Hassan Gimba Sule, the Minna sector commander of the Inspector General of Police (IGP)'s Special Tactical Squad.
The suspect, who spoke in Hausa, confessed that he has been involved in the criminal business for over three years.
Salau suspect was arrested in Minna, Niger state’s capital, and caught with two pistols and 46 bullets.
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