- The Kaduna State Government has revealed the number of persons killed and abducted by bandits in the state in the last three months.
No fewer than 222 persons have been killed while 774 were abducted by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits in the last three months in Kaduna State, EKO HOT BLOG has gathered.
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who made this known on Tuesday, said bandits have begun to collect protection levies from farmers in communities across 12 local government areas of the state.
Aruwan, while presenting the report to the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, and other top government officials, stated that no fewer than 266 citizens were injured across the state, adding that 8,553 cows and other livestock were rustled within the period under review.
The commissioner further noted that 87 of the bandits were responsible for the killings and abduction of innocent citizens of the state within the period.
Aruwan stated, “Banditry, violent attacks, communal clashes, and reprisals in the second quarter accounted for 222 deaths across the state. Of this total, nine were women and eight were minors (below the age of 18).
“Of the total number, 159 deaths were recorded in Kaduna Central Senatorial District (72% of the total recorded). 156 of these occurred in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, Chikun, and Kajuru LGAs. Igabi LGA recorded 44 deaths, and Birnin Gwari LGA 42. Chikun LGA had 37, and Giwa LGA 21. Kajuru LGA recorded 12 deaths in the second quarter.
“Southern Kaduna Senatorial District had 54 deaths in total, of which five were women and four were below the age of 18. Kachia LGA had 21 deaths, followed by Jema’a LGA with 14 and Kauru LGA with six. While the Northern Senatorial District recorded nine people killed in the second quarter (around 4% of the total).”
The commissioner added, “Out of the 774 people kidnapped in the second quarter, Kaduna Central Senatorial District accounts for 555 (nearly 72% of the total). Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, Chikun and Kajuru LGAs recorded 550 of these.
“Chikun LGA had 148 citizens kidnapped, Igabi had 139, while 91 persons were kidnapped from Giwa LGA. Kajuru LGA had 89 kidnapped citizens, and Birnin Gwari LGA recorded 83.
“Southern Kaduna Senatorial District recorded 164 kidnapped persons, with Kachia LGA reporting the highest number of 111. The Northern Senatorial District recorded 55 kidnapped persons, with 37 of these from Zaria LGA.”
Aruwan further stated that bandits have begun to extract protection levies from some communities in return for permission to cultivate their fields, adding that many farmers in these areas, fearing for their lives and safety, have abandoned their fields altogether.
He, however, lamented that the attack has already begun to affect crop yields and food security in Kaduna State.
“The most affected communities are in the frontline local government areas of Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa, Zaria, Chikun, Kauru, Kajuru, Kachia, Kagarko, Zangon Kataf, Jema’a, and Sanga,” the commissioner stated.
While receiving the report, the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, called on the citizens to be law-abiding.
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