Armed bandits kill 323, kidnapped 949 others in 3 months – Kaduna State govt

By Nwakpa O Nwakpa

The Kaduna State government has disclosed that 323 persons were killed, while 949 others were kidnapped by bandits in the last three months across Kaduna State. 

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, stated this on Friday while presenting a report on the security situation in the state at a security meeting which held at the Government House, Kaduna.

Aruwan also added that 64 bandits were neutralised by troops, while several gunrunners were arrested during the same period. 

According to the commissioner, “the report covers banditry, kidnapping, cattle-rustling, attacks and reprisals.

 “The report also includes the aerial missions conducted over identified bandit hideouts and locations across the state, during which multiple scores of bandits were engaged and neutralised, with their camps destroyed.” 

Providing the statistics he said: “Deaths linked to banditry, violent attacks, communal clashes and reprisals in the first quarter totalled 323 across the state. 20 them were women and 11 were minors. “Out of the 323 citizens killed, 292 were males.

All the 236 of the deaths occurred in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, Giwa and Kajuru LGAs. 

“Birnin Gwari recorded the highest figure of 77 deaths, followed by Chikun with 52, Igabi 45, Giwa 42 and Kajuru 20 deaths in the first quarter. 

“Southern Kaduna Senatorial District had 68 deaths in total, of which five were women and two below the age of 18. 

“Kajuru had 28 deaths, followed by Zangon Kataf with 14 and Kagarko with 12. 

“And the northern senatorial zone is the least affected with 19 people killed and Zaria has the highest casualty of six.

“Multiple scores of bandits were neutralised via about 150 targeted aerial missions conducted by the Niger Air Force”.

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