Katsina village head, 16 others kidnapped by suspected bandits

By AdvocateNews on 23/12/2020

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...Gunmen kill seven in Kaduna  fresh attack

No fewer than 17 persons, including the village head of Kaigar Malami, were kidnapped  on Monday night  when bandits attacked the village  in the Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State.

Residents of the community said that the village head, Mallam Kabir Ajiya, and his two sons were among 17 persons kidnapped.

It was learnt that the suspected bandits ransacked the village during which they also injured six men and rustled some cows.

According to the residents, the  suspected bandits stormed the village at 9pm on Monday.

A resident who escaped to the nearby Danmusa town, Umar Abdulsalam, said many residents also escaped to surrounding communities.

He also said the residents had informed the police in the area, adding security operatives were already inside the forests searching for victims.

The spokesman for the state Police Command, Gambo Isah, when contacted said that he had not been briefed.

Also, reports from Kaduna State indicated that the spate of renewed attacks, which started last week continued as gunmen  attacked Gbaja in the Katarma District of the Chikun Local Government Area and killed seven persons while four sustained varying degrees of injuries.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the incident on Tuesday, also said gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in separate raid, abducted four persons in the local government.

Aruwan listed those killed by the bandits as Samson Hassan, Nuhu Hassan, Ali Hassan, Tsoho Wasa, Gabriel Ahmadu, Dogara Sarki and  Shekwolo Yohanna.

The commissioner listed four persons that were injured as Zamai Pada, Nuhu Bulus, Bani Sarki as well as  Isa’ac Danjuma.

Similarly, in another attack at Unguwar Tagwaye Doka in the  Kuriga Ward, three herders were killed.

According to him, the three herders kidnapped are Buhari Mika’il, Binta Auwal and Maryam Wada.

Aruwan said security operatives had since launched an investigation into the various incidents and that the government awaited their reports.

Aruwan, in a statement titled, ‘residents report attacks by bandits on locations in Chikun LGA…investigations in progress,’ said, "Residents of the Katarma  area of the Chikun Local Government have informed the Kaduna State Government that  bandits have killed seven persons in a location called Gbaja.

“The Kaduna State Government has also received reports that bandits attacked Unguwar Tagwaye Doka in Kuriga Ward also of Chikun LGA, and kidnapped three herders identified as  Buhari Mika’il, Binta Auwal and Maryam Wada.

“Security agencies are conducting investigations at these locations, and the Kaduna State Government awaits official reports and other details on the incidents.

Citizens will be updated on these and other security developments across the state.”

Posted 23/12/2020 04:49:39 AM

 

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