- No fewer than 12 persons have lost their lives in fresh attacks in two northern states
- The sad events occurred in Kaduna and Sokoto on Wednesday, March 24
- Suspected bandits have been terrorising many parts of the north in the recent time
A report by Daily Trust indicates that the village head and 11 other persons have been killed in bandit attacks on communities in Sokoto and Kaduna states.
Legit.ng gathered that the village head of Tunga and two others in the Illela local government area of Sokoto state were killed when marauders attacked the village during sunset prayers on Wednesday, March 24.
According to the report, the attackers operated for a full hour.
It was learnt that Nasarawa village in Sabon Birni local government area was attacked same day but no life was lost.
An eyewitness, Ibrahim Adamu, said the attackers came on foot around 10:30 pm.
“They ransacked all our houses, collecting money and anything material. They also whipped and dispossessed married women whose husbands fled the attack.”
The report also noted that nine other people were killed in separate attacks spanning Birnin Gwari and Giwa local government areas of Kaduna state.
A security report said the bandits barricaded the Dogon Dawa-Kuyello road, after Ungwan Gajere village of Birnin Gwari LGA, and shot six people dead.
It was gathered that those murdered were identified as Nura Rufai, Sanusi Gajere, Yakubu Labbo, Usman Dangiwa, Alhaji Abdulhamid and Janaidu Tsalhatu.
The state commissioner, internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incidents in a statement issued on Thursday, March 25, said at Ungwan Maje, also of Birnin Gwari LGA, armed bandits shot and killed two persons, identified as Haruna Dotu and Hamisu Mohammad.
He added that the armed bandits also attacked Kwama village in Giwa LGA and killed one Nasiru Rufai, after he resisted their attempts to kidnap him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that following a recent attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue by some bandits, the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said it would begin three days of fasting and prayers on Tuesday, March 23, to seek divine intervention over the insecurity in the state.
It was reported that the state CAN chairman, Rev. Akpen Leva, said at a news conference in Makurdi on Monday, March 22, that the situation would have worsened if not for the relentless prayers of Christians across the state.
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