- Kaduna state is in mourning again as bandits staged a fresh attack in Baka village, Igabi local government area of the state
- The bandits shot a father and his son dead for resisting the attempt to kidnap them
- Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs confirmed the attack which took place on Saturday, February 13
Suspected bandits have staged a fresh attack in Baka village, Igabi local government area of Kaduna, killing a father and his son in the early hours of Saturday, February 13.
Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner for internal security and home affairs, has confirmed the development, according to Daily Trust.
The commissioner said the bandits reportedly shot sporadically and forcefully gained entry into the residence of the victim, a farmer in the area.
They made attempts to kidnap him and his son and eventually shot the duo dead upon resisting them.
The commissioner said Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sadness over the attack and condoled the family of the victims. He also offered prayers for the repose of their souls.
No negotiation with bandits, El-Rufai says
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai has said he is not in support of the reconciliatory moves Sheik Ahmed Gumi is making with bandits on behalf of the state.
The governor on Monday, February 8, said the state government will never negotiate with killers and kidnappers who ought to be arrested and prosecuted.
He told journalists that the federal government should assist states with air and ground forces to neutralise the criminals.
There'll always be banditry in northwest, El-Rufai says
In another report, the governor of Kaduna state said that there is no hope of banditry coming to an end in the northwest since governors in the region have refused to cooperate among themselves.
El-Rufai said although there are attempts at achieving coordination among leaders in the north, the moves fail because state governments adopt different security policies.
He noted that while some states are willing to go after the criminals, others are willing to negotiate with them.
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