By John Shiklam
Seven people have been killed in fresh attacks by bandits on communities in Igabi, Giwa and Chikun Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
In a statement Thursday in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said several people were injured, while some houses were burnt and cattle rustled.
He said: “Security agencies reported that seven people have been killed and several more injured, with properties destroyed and cattle rustled in a series of separate attacks occurring in Igabi, Giwa and Chikun Local Government Areas.”
Aruwan said in the first attack, the “bandits stormed Gangi village, Igabi LGA, shooting sporadically in what seemed to be a cattle rustling operation and in the process, four residents were killed”.
He listed those killed as Wada Sulaiman, Amiru Saidu, Yusha’u Mohammadu and Osama Abdulwahab.
He added that two others — Ibrahim Jibrin and Abdulhamid Suleiman — sustained injuries from gunshots and were receiving treatment in the hospital.
The commissioner said during the raid, the bandits razed three houses belonging to Mohammad Jibril, Salisu Ya’u and Idris Muhammad, while a pick-up truck belonging to one Umaru Saleh was also burnt.
“In all, 20 cows belonging to two residents of the village were rustled and herded away by the bandits,” he added.
According to him, “In another incident, armed bandits attacked Marke village in Giwa Local Government Area and killed one Rabiu Haruna.
“Similarly, at Kuriga in Chikun LGA, armed bandits killed two people along the Buruku road linking with Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.
“The victims were identified as Ibrahim Yahu Birnin Gwari and Haruna Usman. Another victim, Mansur Dada, sustained injuries and is receiving treatment in hospital.”
The statement said: “Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the reports with sadness, and sent his condolences to the families of those killed, while praying for the repose of their souls. He also wished the injured citizens a quick recovery.”