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Armed Fulani herdsmen kill six, abduct ex-CBN staff, others in Kaduna

Six people were reportedly killed in Kwasam, Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, while five others, including a retired director of CBN, Mr Zakariya Markus, his brother, and the brother’s wife, were abducted. 

The bandits also injured two other people during the attack on Friday, a few minutes after 10 p.m., when they invaded the community. 

The incident has not yet been reported to the police, but according to sources, the bandits held two individuals and forced them to the retired CBN staff member’s home, where they kidnapped him (ex-CBN staff).

“The bandits moved to his family house and 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 Mr Zakariya Markus, a retired CBN staff member; his younger brother, Mr. Monday Markus, and wife; Mr Alhamdu Makeri’s don; and Baban Fati of Kauru,” sources revealed.

Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna State has appealed for continuous aggressive military operations against bandits. 

While condoling the deaths of the Igabi, Kauru communities, Uba Sani said aggressive military operations against bandits across the state, are imperative in bringing an end to the menace. 

He condemned the attacks in Igabi and Kauru LGAs, which left some citizens dead and others kidnapped. 

The governor also sent his condolences to the families that lost their loved ones in Igabi and Kauru LGAs.

Governor Uba Sani spoke through the Overseeing Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, at Gwada and Kerawa villages in Igabi LGA, during an on-the-spot assessment of the security situation in the area, in the company of the Garrison Commander, One Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Muhammad Kana, alongside other military commanders and security forces working in the general areas. 

The governor’s representative 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 grant 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 frontline locations and emerging fronts like Kauru LGA.”

The delegation had meetings with traditional leaders, led by the Acting District Head of Sabon Birni, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, as well as religious and community leaders drawn from Dunki, Gwada, Bina, Maraci, Tami, Karshi, and Kerawa, where issues critical to the improvement of the security situation were discussed. The team is expected to visit, Kajuru and Kauru local government areas.

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