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Armed Bandits reportedly encircle Kaduna

…“It’s not true” – KDSG debunks ‘rumour.’

…Urges citizens to go about normal duties.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Bandits have reportedly encircled Kaduna State metropolis, following report of the armed terrorists’ movement sighted in Dumbi, around Jaji and Maraban Rido in parts of the north and south area of Kaduna State.

Eyewitness sources said the bandits struck in Maraban Rido last night, causing scare, as residents were seen running in all directions for safety.

Commuters and other road users were also advised by eyewitness to avoid plying the road to-and-from Kaduna and Zaria after sighting the armed bandits moving in large numbers freely in area.

“Please, don’t come to Zaria now from Kaduna or leave Zaria now, as bandits just crossed Dumbi to Jaji in hundreds. Please, share to our loved ones,” an eyewitness stated in group WhatsApp social media Wednesday morning.

The bandits, according to eyewitnesses, also invaded Maraban Rido last night, but details on the number of casualty victims had not as yet been released by the authority when contacted.

While Maraban Rido is located in Chikun LGA in southern part of Kaduna, Jaji is in-between Igabi and Zaria LGA of the state.

Contacted, Kaduna Police Command’s spokesman, Muhammed Jalige, could not respond. A statement, signed by the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, however, debunked the circulated message, urging citizens to go about their normal activities, saying, “Kaduna-Zaria Road is safe.”

It added thus, “KDSG security update Wednesday: The attention of the Kaduna State Government has been drawn to a widely circulated message advising citizens not to enter or exit Zaria, alleging the presence of hundreds of bandits at Dumbi and Jaji along the route to Zaria. 

“The Kaduna State Government wishes to firmly debunk that message, and urges citizens to disregard it completely. It is an obvious attempt to spread panic. 

“The Kaduna State Government assures all citizens and travelers that the Kaduna-Zaria route is safe for travel. Residents are urged to go about their normal activities and pay no attention to the false report.” 

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