…Rustle hundreds of animals. …As troops neutralize 2.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
At least, nine innocent people have been reportedly killed and five others injured in communities across two local government areas of Kaduna State.
Hundreds of animals have also been reportedly rustled in a fresh attack in the state, according to a statement issued Tuesday in Kaduna by the state commissioner of internal security and home affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan.
The statement added that security forces reported to the Kaduna State Government that nine citizens have been killed, with five injured and hundreds of animals rustled by bandits during three attacks across Igabi and Zaria local government areas of the state.
According to the first report, bandits attacked Kudu da Gari settlement in Sabon Birni, Igabi LGA, and killed seven residents, namely Dahiru Bilya, Jibrin Bilya, Dayyabu Adamu, Bashir Habibu, Jabir Shuaibu, Buhari Habibu, and Abubakar Habibu, respectively.
“Four others were left critically injured, and were rushed to a medical facility for treatment. The injured victims are identified as Audi Mohammad, Mubarak Ilya, Balarabe Junaidu and Umar Bilya.
“In another incident, bandits invaded a herders’ settlement, called Ruggar Goshe, on the outskirts of Kangimin Sarki Village, Rigachikun, Igabi LGA. One Auwal Koshe was shot dead by the brigands, who then rustled about 250 goats and sheep from the settlement.
“Furthermore, bandits attacked another herders’ settlement at Filin Idin Barebare, Zaria LGA, 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.
“On another note, troops have reported that two bandits were neutralized around the outskirts of Tumbau Village, Kerawa, Igabi LGA.
“The bandits were retreating to the Malul Forest when they were intercepted by the troops, and two of them were neutralized in the ensuing firefight, with an AK-47 rifle recovered,” it added.
Expressing his grief at the reports of the attacks, Governor Nasir El-Rufai prayed for the repose of the souls of the citizens, who lost their lives, and sent his deepest condolences to their families.
“The governor wished the injured a speedy recovery. Governor El-Rufai commended the troops for their alertness and swift response during the engagement, which saw two bandits neutralized.
“Patrols and monitoring have been sustained by security agency in the general areas,” it stated.