- Armed bandits continue to wreak havoc in Kaduna communities with the latest attack leaving 19 people dead
- The Kaduna state government confirmed the incident in a statement sent to journalists
- Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state also sympathised with the victims of the carnage
A report by The Nation indicates that no fewer than 19 people have been killed in a fresh two-day attack by bandits in Kaduna state.
According to the report, 12 of the deceased were indigenes of Kaya, Giwa local government area.
Also, two married women were among an unspecified number of the villagers said to have been kidnapped by the bandits during the coordinated attacks, while nine persons sustained bullet injuries.
The report further revealed that several shops, five vehicles, and motorcycles were burnt by the bandits.
Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the violence in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, January 3.
He explained that the bandits, after kidnapping some of the villagers on Friday, January 1 also killed the leader of the community’s vigilance group, Shamsu Umar, who led a team that went after them.
According to him, when Umar’s body was recovered from a forest on January 2, unknown persons, confronted some herders, killing four of them the same day.
Angered by the herders’ deaths, the bandits came on a reprisal and mowed down over a dozen villagers.
Part of the statement read:
“At around 6:30 pm, 2nd January 2021, over 50 motorcycles each carrying men wielding AK-47 rifles stormed Kaya town in Giwa local government area and began shooting sporadically.
“Troops of the Nigerian Army and police operatives were quickly deployed in the location, along with an air platform of the Nigerian Air Force.
“Sadly, the following locals were killed: Hudu Shafiu, Madaro Madaki, Ibrahim Hamida, Ibrahim, Mohammed Maidoya, Kabiru Maitakalmi, Ibrahim Kayawa, Danladi Daiyabu, Zubairu Mailemu, Awwalu Yahaya, Audu Sarkar and Maharazu Adamu.”
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the carnage via social media.
Akin Ajanaku wrote on Twitter:
“The Kaduna state government needs to protect the people of Kaduna from terrorists and bandits. Not wasting time and resources demolishing houses because of alleged sex parties.”
Tunji Iromini wrote:
“Killings! Killings!! Killings!!!
“There are now so many that we have become immune to the news. What a torture we have become to ourselves.”
Vic Abolics wrote:
“No end in sight at all. It’s either the state is too large for these people to govern or they simply don’t know what they are doing.”
Wellington Omoruyi wrote:
“Who are those in that community? Are they Muslims? You don't just kill for fun there is a purpose for this.”
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Ikechukwu Mogaha wrote:
“Misplaced priority in Kaduna.. rather than clamping down on bandits and securing lives..they are clamping down on organisers of one sex party.”
Recall that suspected bandits recently invaded Kawaran Rafi village in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state and killed Danleeman Isah, the Chief Imam of the village.
According to media reports, the bandits stormed the deceased’s residence, shot him dead, and left the location without taking any items or hostages.
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Audu Ogbeh, has revealed what happens after captives are rescued from the clutch of terrorists and bandits following payment of ransoms.
Ogbeh, a former minister of agriculture, said that with information available to the ACF, the criminals divert the ransom money into the purchase of arms.
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