Six persons have been killed in isolated banditry incidents occurring in Igabi and Kauru local government areas of Kaduna State.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the attack in a statement on Tuesday, said the incident was reported by security agencies.
According to the statement, in Igabi local government area, armed bandits barricaded the Birnin Yero-Tami road, and killed one Hussaini Suleiman Dari.
One Dahiru Saidu was left injured, and is now receiving treatment in a hospital.
At Gwada village, Igabi local government area, an attack by gunmen left two persons, Yahuza Sale and Garba Sule, dead.
In another incident, armed bandits invaded Ungwan Kure, and killed two residents, Mohammed Sani Suleiman and Yahuza Sale.
Similarly, armed bandits attacked Amawan Dadi Rugan Jauru settlements in Kauru local government area. One resident known simply as “Likita” was shot dead.
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 those injured citizens a quick recovery.
In a separate statement, the commissioner disclosed that many bandits were neutralized by air operations in Giwa Local Government Area.
According to him, air platforms conducted armed reconnaissance over locations spanning Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi and Chikun local government areas.
Locations covered, according to the statement, included Sabon Birni, Maidaro, Ngade Allah, Kuduru, Damari, Dogon Dawa, Kidandan, Galadimawa, Rikau, Yadi and the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road.
“Active bandit settlements with herds of cattle were spotted at Yadi in Giwa local government area, which was duly engaged.
“Ground troops reported a calm situation at Dogon Dawa and Sabon Birni,” the statement noted.
“In another mission, air cover was provided for ground troops along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road and adjoining settlements.
“The troops reported a calm situation, which was confirmed from thorough scans by the crew,” he added.
Areas covered in the third mission were Kajuru, Kachia, Zonkwa, Manchok, Zangon Kataf and adjoining settlements.
While herds of cattle were sighted west of Kachia, and at Zangon Kataf, no bandits’ activities were observed.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the operational feedback with thanks, and commended the crews for their consistent efforts and broad scope of operations,” the statement concluded.