- Bandits continue to attack residents of Kaduna state unchallenged in recent weeks
- A recent attack has claimed the life of a pregnant woman who is also a health worker
- The woman was in a commercial vehicle when the bandits opened fire on it
A report by Daily Trust indicates that suspected armed bandits have killed an eight-month pregnant health worker along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway, after opening fire on a commercial vehicle travelling to the state.
According to the report, the woman was killed while traveling to Kaduna from Birnin Gwari at a place called Zankoro before Unguwar Yako on Sunday, January 24.
It was gathered that the bandits opened fire on the commercial vehicle around noon in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
The deceased’s cousin Aliyu Mahmud confirmed the incident and identified her as Aisha Yusuf, describing her as a dedicated volunteer health worker in Birnin Gwari community.
“She was eight months pregnant but very hardworking and dedicated to her work at the PHC where she works in Birnin Gwari.
“Most of the people in this community liked her a lot because of her commitment to work even though she is a volunteer worker.”
The incident comes days after armed bandits killed four people in Katarma village, Chikun local government area of Kaduna.
This was disclosed in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Thursday, January 7 issued by Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs.
Recall that no fewer than 19 people were killed in a two-day attack by bandits in the state recently.
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.
In a related development, Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria was killed by bandits recently after he was abducted by the gunmen in the north-central state.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter.
Meanwhile, some northern elders have declared that the region is under the siege of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restore peace to their domain.
The elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development expressed their concerns in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by the group's national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni.
Buhari should put an end to banditry, unrest - Nigerians cry | Legit TV