- Fresh tragedy has struck in Kaduna state again as bandits attacked villages in Giwa local government area
- The death toll in the attacks has risen to 38 just as many houses, cars and trucks have been burnt
- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families of the victims of the brutal attacks while praying for the repose of their souls
Giwa LGA, Kaduna state - Gunmen on Sunday, December 19, staged fresh attacks in villages in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state, killing at least 38 people.
The Kaduna state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, released a statement confirming the death toll rose from initial 20 to 38, Premium Times reported.
He was quoted to have said:
“Following the report of attacks by bandits across villages in Idasu, Giwa LGA, contained in an earlier update, security agencies have confirmed to the Kaduna State Government that 38 people were killed across the locations attacked.
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“Twenty-nine of the victims have been identified, with nine remaining unidentified as of the time of this update.”
Mr Aruwan named the 29 victims as:
1. Rabi`u Wada
2. Salisu Boka
3. Alh Nura Nuhu
4. Alh Bashari Sabiu
5 Alh Lawal Dahiru
6. Abbas Saidu
7 Inusa Kano
8 Malam Lawal Nagargari
9. Malam Aminu
10. Lawal Maigyad
11. Alh Mustapha
12 Lawal Aliyu
13 Sale Makeri
14 Sani Lawal
15 Auwal Umar
16 Jamilu Hassan
17 Badamasi Mukhtar
18 Malam Jibril
19 Lawal Tsawa
20 Sule Hamisu
21 Sadi Bala
22 Kabiru Gesha
23 Abubakar Sanusi
24 Saiph Alh Abdu
25 Haruna Musa
26 Lawal Hudu
27 Malam Shuaibu Habibu
28 Malam Yahaya Habibu
29 Abubakar Yusuf
Cars, trucks, houses burnt
In his earlier statement on Sunday, the commissioner said houses, trucks, and cars were also burnt by the attackers along with agricultural produce at various farms.
The statement read partly:
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with sadness and sent condolences to the families of the victims of the brutal attacks while praying for the repose of their souls."
He said the governor also commiserated with the affected communities and directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an urgent assessment of the area towards providing relief.
The latest incident occurred two days after a similar series of attacks on separate Kaduna communities.
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In their reactions, the family of the deceased took turns to express gratitude to the lawmaker for the gesture.