- Some people have lost their lives in Kaduna state following a shooting spree by bandits
- The criminals are said to be fleeing from security officers when they started shooting at vehicles
- A vehicle was hit in the process and in turn, about six people died in the crash that followed after the driver lost control
In what will come to any Nigerians as 'another bad news', some people have lost their lives in Kaduna state after armed bandits opened fire on some vehicles.
This was disclosed by Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, in a statement on Friday, February 5.
According to him, the bandits opened fire on the commuters while running away from “aggressive patrols” by security agencies in the area.
He said the bandits took to the highway around Ungwan Dangedda while shooting at several vehicles as they retreated.
A gunshot was reported to have hit a commercial vehicle who eventually lost control, somersaulted several times, claiming the lives of six people on the spot.
Six other persons sustained injuries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's minister of information and culture, has said that bandits might be ready to listen to renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi more than the federal government.
Mohammed made the disclosure while speaking on TVC’s This Morning show monitored by The Punch on Friday, February 5.
According to the minister, the government was using some back channels to tackle Nigeria's security challenges, adding that there's nothing unusual for the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric to act as a bridge.
This development is coming a day after the fearless Islamic cleric took a bold step to dialogue with the armed criminals in a bid to hear their grievances and possibly fashion out a workable method of stopping the bloodletting.
Gumi, alongside some other Islamic clerics, visited Tubali and Makkai forests in Shinkafi local government area of Zamafara on Tuesday, February 2, where he met with the bandits for another round of dialogue.
The renowned Islamic scholar narrated his experience during his recent trip to the bandits camp in Zamfara state.
The well-respected cleric said he visited the stronghold of the attackers, appealing to them to accept peace.
Briefing Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state on Thursday, February 4, after his visit, the cleric said the bandits have turned into insurgents.