Locals recount police encounter with bandits in Kaduna

Locals recount police encounter with bandits in Kaduna

- The Nigeria Police Force invaded the Kuaru forest in Kaduna state on Wednesday, Thursday 5 -

- The police said during the operations, its operatives killed 250 terrorists attached to the Ansaru terror group

- There have been arguments on social media if the police truly killed 250 terrorists during the raid

Following the disclosure of the Nigerian Police that it killed 250 terrorists and bandits in Kudaru forest, in Birnin Gwari, Kaduna state, there have been arguments on social media if numbers give were factual.

This is because overtime, Nigerians have found it difficult to trust security agencies in the country, given the rising insecurity across the nation.

Residents in the area, however, said the police might have left the corpses inside the forest.

Locals recount police encounter with bandits in Kaduna

Nigerians find it difficult to believe police authorities in the country. Photo credit: NPF
Source: UGC

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Some of them who spoke to Daily Trust revealed that villages close to Kudaru forest had been deserted for years due to the activities of bandits.

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They said they noticed increased police vehicles and personnel moving towards the forest on Tuesday, February 4 but said no corpse was moved out after the operation.

“The police must have left the bodies inside the forest because nobody saw them moving bodies either of the bandits or their personnel from the forest. And the forest is not safe for us to go and verify,” one of them said.

Birnin Gwari shares boundaries with Katsina, Niger, Zamfara states and Chikun local government areas of Kaduna.

When contacted, police spokesman Frank Mba, said: “The truth is that we inflicted huge damage on them, by the time we pulled out in the night, the information we have is that the terrorist buried their own.”

On Thursday, February 6, the police announced the death of notorious bandits' commanders - Haruna Basullube and Bashir Leta after the raid.

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Mba described Basullube as one of the most wanted kidnappers/cattle rustlers in the country, while Leta was described as a notorious bandits’ commander.

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