- Armed bandits have continued to terrorise the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state
- In their latest attack, the criminals killed two people, abducted scores and razed a church
- However, troops of the Nigerian Army battled them and were able to rescue 13 of the kidnap victims
Some bandits have attacked and razed the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church in Mahu village in Gwagwada ward of Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
Legit.ng gathers that the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the development.
According to Aruwan, troops of Operation Thunder Strike were able to rescue 13 of those kidnapped in the area after a gun battle with the bandits.
Those killed by the bandits were identified as volunteers named Ezekiel Iliya and Nasara Yohanna.
The commissioner further confirmed that the bandits also burnt a church and looted some houses in the area.
Names of the rescued victims:
1. Kenth Yusuf
2. Izra Ali
3. Josiah Luka
4. Istifanus Suman
5. Helen Ibrahim
6. Justina Gofwen
7. Ibrahim Madaki
8. Biyaya Yusuf
9. Sani Bello
10. Lucy Dada
11. Anayi Ezekiel
12. Benjamin Daniel
13. Musa Usman
Reacting to the development, Governor Nasir El-Rufai commended the troops for the successful rescue operation.
He also commiserated with the families of the deceased volunteers and prayed for the repose of their souls, Daily Nigerian reported.
The Kaduna state governor also sympathised with the leadership and members of the razed church and directed the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an immediate assessment of the damage.
Meanwhile, the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna state, have finally regained freedom after over 50 gruelling days.
One of the persons who received the students numbering 27 confirmed the development on Wednesday, May 5.
He said the release was facilitated by the Sheikh Abubakar Gumi dialogue committee with support from former President Olusegun Obasanjo.