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Kaduna bandits slaughtere­d 222, kidnapped 774 in three months – Commission­er

- Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

The Kaduna State Commission­er for Internal Security and home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, said bandits killed no fewer than 222 and abducted 774 persons, as well as injured 226 persons among them women and minors, in the second quarter in the state.

The commission­er, who stated this while presenting the second quarter security report on Tuesday, also said bandits raped 20 women between April and June 2021

he noted that 159 persons out of the total number killed were from Kaduna Central Senatorial zone in the Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Igabi, Chikun and Kajuru local government areas of the state.

According to the commission­er, 54 persons were killed in Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone among them five women and four minors in the Jema’a, Kachia and Kauru LGA.

The Northern Senatorial Zone, he said, recorded nine deaths within the period, adding that among the number abducted were 239 women and 32 minors.

he also mentioned that 87 bandits were killed by security agencies and 24 suspects arrested by the Department of State Services. he put the total number of cattle rustled by bandits at 8,553. he added, “Insecurity, particular­ly in frontline communitie­s, have threatened food security because most farmers in those communitie­s have abandoned their farmlands for fear of being killed or kidnapped for ransom.”

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