..As troops kills 3, Arrest 2 informants
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
At least eight people have been killed by bandits in Kaduna, according to official statement issued by internal security and Home Affairs commissioner Mr Samuel Aruwan.
The bandits also attacked and burnt down a church and several other houses in chikun local government area of southern Kaduna.
Security agencies had reported that armed bandits attacked Ungwan Gaida community, near Kurmin Kaso, Chikun LGA, where the eight people were confirmed killed.
“As of the time of this update, eight residents have been confirmed killed in this attack. They are Samaila Gajere, Bawa Gajere, Bitrus Baba, Umaru Baba Solomon Samaila,Sambo Kasuwa, Samuila Kasuwa snd Gideon Bitrus respectively” the statement stressed.
According to the release, a building belonging to the Assemblies of God Church was razed by the bandits, along with several houses.
In another development, Nigerian Navy troops stationed in the Kujama general area neutralized three bandits and arrested two accomplices after repelling an attack on Wakwodna community, near Kasso village, Chikun local government area.
According to operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, the troops stationed at the Kujama Checkpoint responded to reports of an attack on Wakwodna village, and swiftly deployed for intervention.
The bandits fled into surrounding bushes on sighting the troops, and abandoned some rustled cattle, which were rounded up and returned to their rightful owners.
The troops engaged the bandits just before Kaso village, and in the gunfight, three bandits were neutralized.
Two locals who were injured in the exchange, were evacuated for medical attention.
During the operation, the troops arrested a suspected bandits informant, Kapido Halilu, and a logistics supplier, Umar Maipashi. Food and medical supplies meant for the bandits were confiscated. The suspects were taken into custody for further investigation.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the report of the attack on Ungwan Gaida with sadness, and condoled the families of the slain citizens, as he offered prayers for the repose of their souls.
“The Governor further condemned the attack on the place of worship, and directed the State Emergency Management Agency to carry out an urgent assessment of the damage in the area for intervention.
“Governor El-Rufai commended the Nigerian Navy troops for their swift response in Wakwodna, and the successful operations. He wished the injured citizens a quick recovery.”, It stated.