By Lawal Sa’idu Funtua
The Kaduna state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan has disclosed in a statement that no fewer than 19 persons were killed by bandits in the state on Saturday.
“On a sad note, the Kaduna State Government has received reports from security agencies of the killing of 19 citizens in Birnin Gwari and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District” he added.
He further disclosed that citizens were killed by armed bandits at Kutemeshi village in Birnin Gwari and Kujeni village in Kajuru, where several others were left with bullet wounds.
According to him both attacks occurred on Saturday.
Aruwan disclosed that in Kutemeshi village of Birnin Gwari LGA, the following citizens were killed:
Malan Sani Barume
Amadu Dan Korau
Dan Malam Rabo
Hassan Mai Makani
Mai Unguwa Sa’adu
Some shops were also looted with valuable items carted away.
He said some of the injured have been moved to a neighboring state closer to Kutemeshi for urgent medical attention, while others are in transit to an orthopaedic hospital in Kaduna.
The Commissioner stated that S
so far, only the 14 corpses have been recovered from Kutemeshi adding that Kaduna State Government will provide updates on any emerging developments.
In Kujeni village of Kajuru LGA, he disclosed the attackers burnt several houses, storehouses with foodstuff, warehouses loaded with building materials and a Church. The following citizens were killed:
Those injured include Bulus Sambayi and Godwin Yakubu.
The Commissioner assured that Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who has been monitoring the security situation at the locations since Saturday morning, expressed sadness over the attacks.
The Governor who condoled 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.
The government and security agencies are following up on a reported attack on Sunday morning around Kikwari village of Kajuru LGA, and will also provide an update as soon as feedback is received.