Emerging report indicates that at least 19 innocent citizens have been killed by armed bandits, and several others injured in two separate attacks in Birnin Gwari and Kajuru Local Government Areas of Kaduna State, under Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s watch.
Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that 14 people were killed on Saturday, by armed bandits, at Kutemeshi village, in Birnin Gwari, and 5 others killed at Kujeni village, in Kajuru, on the same day, while several others were left with bullet wounds.
He lists those killed in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area to include Malan Sani Barume, Yahaya Bello, Amadu Dan Korau, Samaila Niga, Jamilu Haruna, Lawal Majiya And Dan Malam Rabo, Dauda Kafinta, Hassan Mai Makani, Bashir Haruna, Lawal Ali, Mu’azu Haruna, Mai Unguwa Sa’adu, and Harisu Bako
Also, some shops were looted with valuable items carted away by the bandits during the operation.
Reportedly, in Kujeni village of Kajuru Local Government Area, 5 people were killed by the bandits, including Bulus Jatau, Hanatu Emmanuel, Bitrus Tuna, Yohanna Mika, and Monday Ayuba, while 2 others were injured.
The bandits also burnt several houses, storehouses with foodstuff, warehouses loaded with building materials, and a Church
Aruwan further stated that some of the injured citizens have been moved to a neighboring State, closer to Kutemeshi, for urgent medical attention, while others are in transit to an Orthopedic Hospital, in Kaduna, while only 14 corpses have been recovered from Kutemeshi so far.
Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai, who is said to have been monitoring the security situation at the various locations since Saturday, has expressed sadness over the attacks.
The Kaduna State Governor who condoled with the families that lost their loved ones, offered prayers for the repose of their souls, and a speedy recovery for the injured.
He further directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency, to urgently provide relief materials to the affected communities.
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