Armed bandits invaded Iyatawa village, Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna state on motorcycles in an attempt to kidnap the villagers but were repelled by the local vigilante, who lost two of their members to the attack.
Gunmen on Sunday attacked commuters travelling between Anaba village and Birnin Yero town in Igabi LGA of Kaduna state where one person was shot dead.
Bandits also attacked Wusasa near Zaria on Sunday night where they kidnapped a professor, killed his son and injured his nephew.
A statement signed by Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Monday night said, “security agencies have reported to the Kaduna state government that armed bandits on Sunday attacked commuters on the road from Anaba village to Birnin Yero town in Igabi local government area.
“One Lawali Abdulhameed, a resident of Anaba village, was shot dead by the bandits as he attempted to escape the attack.
“Security agencies also reported that armed bandits last night invaded Wusasa in Zaria local government area, and kidnapped the Wazirin Wusasa, Professor Aliyu Mohammed. Professor Mohammed’s son, Abdulaziz Aliyu, was killed by the bandits, while his nephew, one Abba Kabiru, was injured and is receiving treatment in hospital.
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“Similarly, armed bandits on motorcycles swarmed Iyatawa village of Giwa local government area, but groups of local vigilantes confronted the bandits, eventually forcing them to disperse.
“Two of the local vigilantes, Malam Auwalu and Alhassan Shehu, were sadly killed during the encounter, as ground and air patrols were quickly mobilized to the location for a comprehensive engagement.
“Governor Nasir el-Rufai on receiving the reports, sent condolences to the families of the slain residents and vigilantes, praying for the repose of their souls. He also prayed for speedy recovery for the injured. The Governor also thanked the military for the swift response in deploying forces to the affected community in Giwa local government area.”