Bandits have reportedly killed six people in Kwasam, Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, just as five others, including a former director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Zakariya Markus, his brother, and the brother’s wife were abducted.

According to reports, the bandits, who invaded the community, also injured two people during an attack last Friday.

Though police have yet to react to the incident as of press time, sources disclosed that the bandits picked two men at gunpoint and forced the men to lead them to the retired CBN staff’s residence where he and his family were abducted.

A source said: “The banidits moved to his family house, abducted his brother and the brother’s wife. Residents rushed out in an attempt to rescue the victims, but the bandits fired at them killing six and injuring two.

“Those killed included Danmasani Gwaska, Mrs. Giwa John, Kapishi Barmu, Ganya Ubangida, Shigama Salisu and Gani Magawata. Those kidnapped included Markus, a retired CBN staff; Mr. Monday Markus, younger brother to the retired CBN staff; Mrs. Monday Markus, Monday’s wife; Mr. Alhamdu Makeri’s son and Baban Fati of Kauru.”

Meanwhile, Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State has appealed for continuous aggressive military operations against bandits, saying it is the only way through which their menacing activities can be ended.

While consoling the victims’ families, Sani condemned the attacks in Igabi and Kauru LGAs.

Sani, who was represented by the Overseeing Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, during an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in Igabi, said “we are here on behalf of Governor Uba Sani to first of all condole with you over the lives lost in Kerawa and Sabon Birni Wards in Igabi LGA and also Kwassam, Kurera and Kan Makama communities in Kauru LGA. May Almighty God grant the deceased eternal rest and a speedy recovery to the injured.

“I want to assure you that we are also here for an assessment of the security situation and as you can see, troops are presently carrying out operations in these locations, to which you have attested. The governor of Kaduna State is not relenting in his efforts, and he is also working towards sustained aggressive military operations in the frontline locations and emerging fronts like Kauru LGA.”

February 18, 2024

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