The Kaduna State Government has confirmed a bandit attack on Chikun Local Government Area, killing eight people and razing down buildings in the locality.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the residents killed in the attack are: Samaila Gajere, Bawa Gajere, Bitrus Baba, Umaru Baba, Solomon Samaila, Sambo Kasuwa, Samuila Kasuwa and Gideon Bitrus.
Mr Aruwan added thata 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 Mr Aruwan, the troops stationed at the Kujama Checkpoint responded to reports of an attack on Wakwodna village, and swiftly deployed for intervention.
He added that 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.
The commissioner revealed that food and medical supplies belonging to the bandits were confiscated and 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.
“He 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 and he wished the injured citizens a quick recovery.”