Bandits kill 45, burn village in Kaduna

by Abel Hampton May 7, 2018, 10:01
Bandits kill 45, burn village in Kaduna

Armed persons on Saturday attacked residents of the Kaduna community killing many people, PREMIUM TIMES reported.

Confirming the incident, the commission said the police have deployed over 150 personnel to the area as directed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Sunday. It was gathered that the bandits struck on Saturday, killing mostly children.

The attackers, who Gwaska residents allege are former cattle thieves from neighbouring Zamfara state, reportedly set fire to a number of homes in the village.

"Scores have been killed".

In a statement, the local government said it is concerned by the incessant banditry attacks in the region and has been engaging with the federal government on the matter.

The attack came about a week after other unidentified gunmen attacked a nearby village at the Birnin Gwari area.

He said "to contain the situation, the military will be stationing a permanent Army battalion in Birnin-Gwari".

One of the vigilante members said: "The tensed atmosphere and untidy nature of the village environment necessitated the evacuation of 45 bodies discovered for burial rites in Birnin-Gwari town".

"The state government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government".

He commiserated with the people of Birnin Gwari, while assuring them that the engagement between the state and federal governments on the issue, had yielded positive result.

President Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria's 2015 elections partly on promises to bring security to Africa's largest economy and most populous nation, but has struggled to fulfil those pledges.

The attacks underlined the diversity of Nigeria's security threats that persist in the absence of a robust police force and efficient judicial system.

On the need for the command to work with local vigilante in the area, Austin said the police is already doing so and will continue to work with them in the area of community policing.

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