Nine persons have been reported killed, five injured and hundreds of animals rustled by bandits during three separate attacks across Igabi and Zaria Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a statement in Kaduna.
Part of the statement reads; “according to the first report, bandits attacked Kudu da Gari settlement in Sabon Birni, Igabi LGA and killed seven residents, listed as:Dahiru Bilya, Jibrin Bilya, Dayyabu Adamu, Bashir Habibu, Jabir Shuaibu, Buhari Habibu aAnd Abubakar Habibu.
“Four others were left critically injured, and were rushed to a medical facility for treatment. They are identified as;Audi Mohammad, Mubarak Ilya, Balarabe Junaidu and Umar Bilya,” it added.
In a separate attack, bandits invaded a herders’ settlement, Ruggar Goshe, on the outskirts of Kangimin Sarki village, Rigachikun, Igabi local government.
One person, Auwal Koshe died from a gunshot by the bandits who then rustled about 250 goats and sheep from the settlement.
The bandits subsequently attacked another herders’ settlement at Filin Idin Barebare, Zaria local government area, where they killed one Abubakar Mohammad. One Abubakar Aliyu sustained gunshot injuries to his ribs, and is receiving medical attention. The bandits then rustled an unspecified number of cattle from the settlement," he said.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner, on another development said, troops reported that two bandits were neutralized around the outskirts of Tumbau village, Kerawa, Igabi local government as they were retreating to Malul forest.
He said Governor Nasiru El Rufai, grief-stricken by the reports of the attacks prayed for the repose of the souls of the citizens who lost their lives, and sent his deepest condolences to their families and wished the injured a speedy recovery.
The governor commended the troops for their alertness and swift response during the engagement which saw two bandits neutralized.
He noted that patrols and monitoring have been sustained by security agencies in the areas.