- Bandits have attacked mosque in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, kidnapping 14 worshippers in the process
- According to reports, the criminals have been trying to invade the village but the vigilante group in the area prevented them from gaining access
- A source said the gunmen divided themselves, while some where operating at the mosque, others moved from house to house thereby abducting more than ten women
In another big blow to the security architecture of the country, some worshippers have been abducted by bandits in Kaduna state.
The worshippers were kidnapped when bandits attacked a mosque in Giwa local government area of the state.
The armed gang struck during evening prayer (Ishai prayer), on Thursday, March, 10, Daily Trust reports.
A resident was quoted to have said:
“They surrounded the mosque and abducted 14 people. They also carted away an unspecified number of cattle from Tudun Amada village in, still in Giwa.
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For a long time, bandits have been trying to invade the village, but the vigilante group in the area prevented them from gaining access.
Another resident was quoted to have also said:
“The gunmen divided themselves, while some where operating at the mosque, others moved from house to house thereby abducting more than ten women.
“Some of them were however busy carting away domestic animals such as cows, sheep and goat numbering hundreds.”
As of Friday evening, four people had regained freedom.
Residents displaced in 145 Kaduna communities sacked by bandits - Report
Meanwhile, a new report shows that residents of over 100 communities in Kaduna state have been displaced following different bandits' attacks in the state. The report said that the attacks were majorly due to the state's multi-layered ethnoreligious and farmer/herder conflicts that have lasted for decades.
In the research which sampled about 143 villages in seven different local government areas of the state, it was gathered that Zangon Kataf, Kauru, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi and Kajuru as of December 2020.
A detail of the incident shows that while 16 communities were sacked by bandits in Chikun LGA, five others including Nasarawan Sabon Sara, Hayin Kobo, Rafin Kaji and Marke had been sacked in Giwa LGA.
Buhari's govt uncovers 96 Boko Haram, ISWAP sponsors
In another development, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, February 3, said the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) had uncovered 96 financiers of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
Mohammed at a briefing on the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari also revealed that the NFIU has exposed 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, 123 firms, and 33 bureaux de change linked with the insurgency.
The minister disclosed that the agency had identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven accomplices, adding that 45 of the suspects will soon be prosecuted.