Again, bandits kill 45, raze houses in Kaduna village

  • Again, bandits kill 45, raze houses in Kaduna village

Again, bandits kill 45, raze houses in Kaduna village

In a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN, a community organisation, Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance, appealed for calm.

Survivors say the attackers surrounded Gwaska on Saturday afternoon.

The attack came barely a week after the killing of 14 miners at a mining site at Janruwa in the same LGA.

"The bandits pursued residents who mobilised to defend the village after overpowering them", said a vigilante who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.

Efforts to get the reaction of the state police command were futile as the Command Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Mukhtar, could not be reached on the phone.

However, sources in the area said, the Saturday attack happened when bandits stormed the village in large numbers and started shooting everyone at sight.

The attacks underlined the diversity of Nigeria's security threats that persist in the absence of a robust police force and efficient judicial system.

The village, in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna, lies near an area known for banditry, where thick forests provide remote hideouts from law enforcement.

The overnight killings, which cost the life of a civilian along with two customs officials, two forestry agents and the soldier, occurred when "Boko Haram elements attacked an advanced post of the Chad army" in Gabalami in the country's far west, the source said.

"Also the armed bandits razed down the village, which has about 3,000 inhabitants, completely".

"These bandits attacked the village in broad daylight and killed many people".

"The Kaduna state government has received with sadness reports of the murder of our citizens by armed bandits in Birnin Gwari".

Following this latest attack, Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Sunday evening announced that the federal government has agreed to deploy a permanent army battalion in the troubled area.

"The engagements between the state and the Federal Government have yielded results".

President Muhammadu Buhari's government is again being criticised for not doing enough to stop the violence in the area, near the border with Zamfara state.

The State Emergency Management Agency is providing aid to those affected, it said.