- The Kaduna government has reacted to the capture of 53 people suspected to be bandits in the state
- Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for internal security and home affairs revealed that the suspects were not bandits but migrating herders
- The commissioner noted that after a thorough inspection no incriminating materials were found on the herders
No fewer than 53 people suspected to be bandits have been identified as migrating herders, Kaduna state government has confirmed, Premium Times reports.
The group from Dobi, Gwagwalada (FCT), and Gawu-Babangida, Lambata, Niger state were intercepted by Nigerian troops along Kaduna.
It was gathered that the migrating herders were spotted in an open field in Tafa village, Kagarko local government area which caused anxiety among residents that a new group of bandits had moved into the state.
In a statement on Thursday, May 6, Aruwan, said security operatives were mobilised to the area after receiving distress calls on the movement of armed bandits in Lambata-Kabbo.
He said security agencies confirmed the migrating persons were identified as a band of herders made up of 9 male adult male, 7 young male, 37 women and children.
Aside from 3 motorcycles, no dangerous materials were found in their possession following a thorough inspection.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that bandits killed 323 persons while 949 others were abducted in Kaduna state in the last three months.
The Kaduna government made the disclosure on Friday, April 30, when giving a breakdown of data obtained from a security report in the state.
The commissioner for internal security and home affairs, who shared the data said most of the casualties were male while some were women and children.
In a related development, the war against the rampant menace of bandits recorded a tremendous victory as the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) eliminated a group of bandits in Kaduna state.
The airstrike was confirmed by the state government. The brutal and precision-guided airstrikes were conducted by the air force component of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS).
The state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, made this known in a statement on Tuesday, May 4.