- Bandits have unleashed deadly attacks in three LGAs in Kaduna state killing 18 people and leaving several others injured
- The criminals also burned down several houses and rustled cattle during the attack
- The deadly attacks have been confirmed by Kaduna state's commissioner for internal security and home affairs
Three local government areas in Kaduna state, Giwa, Chikun and Igabi, have been attacked by deadly bandits.
Channels TV reported that no fewer than 18 people were killed by the bandits in the affected local government areas.
Legit.ng gathers that the Kaduna state, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident on Wednesday, February 24.
In Igabi local government area, the bandits reportedly attacked Anaba village and killed seven people.
The victims' names, according to the commissioner, are:
1. Ali Musa
2. Isa Sharehu
3. Tijjani Isa
4. Auwalu Shehu
5. Hashim Abdullahi
6. Hassan Saidu
7. Umar Rilwanu.
The bandits also burnt several houses in the village just as they rustled no fewer than 20 cows during the operation.
Barinje village was the bandits' target in Chikun local government area where they killed eight persons, namely:
1. Sunday Gwamna
2. Lawal Jizo
3. Salha Barau
4. Sabo Barau
5. Umaru Barau
6. Muhammadu Dan Azumi
7. Zailani Dogara
8. Jikan Gambo
The bandits also abducted some residents of the village rustled cattle during the attack. Many people who sustained injuries during the attack are currently receiving treatment in hospitals.
Meanwhile, the commissioner added that an unnamed person was killed by unknown assailants in Chikun LGA.
In Igabi local government area, the armed bandits attacked Kwarten Rigasa and other neighbouring villages.
The bandits reportedly killed two people in the attack. The victims are:
1. Danjuma Isa
2. Yakubu Abdullahi
Bandits killed through targeted air operations
In what appeared to be revenge attacks, Aruwan noted that the latest onslaughts at the affected local governments followed the killing of several armed bandits through targeted air operations.
He said many bandits had earlier been neutralised by security agents while many of them escaped with bullet wounds.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has expressed sadness over the attacks and sent his condolences to the families of all the victims.
Nigerians react on social media
Kolawole A Muhammad said on Facebook:
"Kaduna and niger are now the headquarter of bandits....and the governor said he can't negotiate with bandits but they kill on daily basis, God have mercy on our country."
Sunny Mathias said:
"By the time this clueless government leaves office, the population of the north will be reduced to 1million people or less."
John John said:
"Northerners need to speak the truth so that they can be saved. Because their politicians are playing with their lives."
Joe Chukwuemeka said:
"Tomorrow you will still hear the same news, only the numbers will be different. Terrorism is a normal thing in northern Nigeria."
Ty Olaitan said:
"Bandits will never stop as far our leaders are giving them money na only Nigeria I see say leaders dey do business with kidnappers."
Negedu Lucky said:
"My dear Sheik Gumi, says Bandits don't kill. They only kill accidentally."
Ben Elezuo Chuks said:
"It is better to use the word Terrorists than Bandits. Bandits are like robbers, groups of gangs that operate against the laws of Society. Bandits do not kill; they only commit minor crimes. When a group of people kills over 18 individuals for no reason, they should be called Terrorists."
I'll never support reconciliation with bandits - El-Rufai
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai has earlier said the Kaduna state government under his watch will never negotiate with killers and kidnappers who ought to be arrested and prosecuted.
The Kaduna governor told journalists that the federal government should assist states with air and ground forces to neutralise the criminals.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_