At least 888 people were killed in violent attacks by bandits in various parts of Kaduna State in the last nine months.
This is according to the quarterly security report presented by the state government.
The report also showed that a total number of 343 people were killed by bandits between July and September this year alone, while 2,553 people were kidnapped by bandits in various communities across the state from January to September 2021.
The report. presented by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, during an enlarged security meeting on Wednesday, attributed the deaths to kidnappings, banditry, communal clashes, violent attacks and reprisals that cut across all ethnic and religious groups in the State.
On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai while sympathising with the victims of the attacks, ordered for the immediate compensation of surviving victims and relatives of the deceased.
El-Rufai also asked the Federal Government to urgently declare the bandits as terrorists to enable security forces to use maximum weapons to dislodge them from their hideouts.
The Kaduna State Government has warned that anyone who wishes to enter any of its offices must comply with Covid-19 protocols such as wearing face masks and vaccination as from October 31.
The government reiterated that the Ministry of Health has since commenced the vaccination of all civil servants, and this is expected to be completed by the end of October.
According to a statement issued by the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, ‘’visitors to government offices will need to present their vaccination cards.
‘’Given the limited supply of vaccines that are currently available, visitors that have not yet been vaccinated will in the interim be permitted entry upon presentation of evidence of registration with the state Ministry of Health for the purpose of vaccination.”
The statement added that the ‘’Commissioner of Health Dr. Amina Mohammed-Baloni has announced that residents are encouraged to register at the nearest primary health centre for Covid-19 vaccinations so that the relevant authorities can easily contact them as more Covid-19 vaccines become available.’’
According to Adekeye, Kaduna State Government is constantly monitoring Covid-19 infections in the state and reviewing the pattern of spread.
‘’Based on these reviews, the State Covid-19 Taskforce has advised the government that the risk of mass infection by Covid-19 remains. This necessitates that careful attention must be paid to continued enforcement of preventive measures and encouraging residents of Kaduna State to practice personal responsibility more consistently.
‘’This is in line with the FORWARD campaign launched last year to help citizens adopt preventive measures as the state reopened after months of lockdown,’’ he added.
The Special Adviser said that residents should comply with the simple tests outlined in the FORWARD campaign.
The campaign entails “wearing Facemasks, Observing physical distance, practicing Respiratory hygiene, Washing hands often with soap and water or using hand sanitizer, Avoiding large gatherings, Remaining indoors as much as possible and eating immunity-boosting Diets.”
The Kaduna State Government on Tuesday said no fewer than 50 bandits have been killed by a combined team of security officials during an operation in Birnin Gwari local government area of the state.
The bandits were neutralized during an operation carried out by both the ground and air assault in the Saulawa-Farin Ruwa axis of Birnin Gwari local government area.
According to the Kaduna state Commissioner for internal Security and Home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, a Nigerian Air Force helicopter gunship provided close air support to ground troops advancing from the Dogon-Dawa-Damari-Saulawa axis.
Following extensive scans, bandits were spotted on five motorcycles, about 4km east of Saulawa, waiting to ambush the ground forces. But they were engaged vigorously by the helicopter gunship and were wiped out.
The Commissioner further said that armed bandits on about 50 motorcycles were sighted fleeing towards Farin Ruwa, and were struck effectively by the gunship while fleeing remnants were mopped up by ground forces.
A second helicopter gunship joined the operations, and many more fleeing bandits were neutralized by precise strikes.
Assessments revealed that more than 50 bandits were neutralized during the joint operation, Aruwan said.
Ten bandits have been killed after a gun battle with a joint team of security forces in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The troops according to a statement signed on Monday by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan encountered the heavily armed bandits in Kwanan Bataru, in the outskirts of Fatika and engaged them in a gun battle.
One of the camps of the bandits was burnt down, while some of the bandits escaped with gunshot injuries.
A week after bandits attacked Kacecere village in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State killing at least 12 people, troops of the Nigerian military have discovered two more dead bodies from the same attack.
According to the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the two bodies were discovered by troops during a search and rescue operation, following the September 27 attack.
The dead corpses were identified as Idris Mairiga and Yunusa Dangana, both residents of the village.
Kacecere village was attacked in what appeared to be a reprisal to earlier attacks in Jankasa village of Zango Kataf Local Government Area and Madamai community in Kaura Local government as reported to the government by the security agencies.
The new discovery of two corpses now brings the death toll from the Kacecere attack to 14, while that of Madamai stands at 38.
Aruwan says that search and rescue efforts are ongoing in both locations, straddling the two local government areas.
Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has clarified that the Northern States Governors’ Forum did not oppose the idea of zoning presidency to the south in 2023, rather it is against the language used in the resolution of the Southern Governors on the issue of power shift.
El-Rufai said that northern governors were alarmed that their southern counterparts will use the word “must” in their agitation for power shift to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
According to the governor, the word ‘’must’’ is at variance with democracy which is characterized by negotiations and horse-trading by parties involved, often out of the public glare.
The governor recalled that himself and “some other northern governors had earlier called for power shift in 2023 in their individual capacities in order to foster national unity and togetherness”, adding: “I was called names by our people for making that call.”
El Rufai who made these clarifications in a media chat with select Kaduna-based radio stations on Tuesday night said that the media misrepresented the resolution of the Northern Governors’ Forum meeting which held on Monday, on power shift.
The governor who spoke in the Hausa language, also stated that “the north has supported southern presidential aspirants in the past,” recalling that it “supported Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s aspiration in 1999 and his re-election in 2003”.
According to him, southern governors should have reached out to their northern counterparts on the issue of power shift instead of playing to the gallery.
He pointed out that the APC has no provision of power shift in its constitution, adding that even the PDP which has it in its constitution, flouted their own law during President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration in 2011, where the president stood for re-election.
The Kaduna State Government has shut down telecommunication services in some Local Government Areas of the state as part of critical measures towards ending banditry.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the decision was taken on Wednesday after a meeting with relevant federal agencies who recommended the shutting down of telecom services ahead of the commencement of a military onslaught against bandits.
He explained that the move is part of many steps taken to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central regions.
“The relevant federal agencies have today informed the Kaduna State Government that the processes for telecoms shutdown in parts of the state have commenced,” Mr Aruwan said.
“As part of the steps to address the current security situation in Kaduna State and neighbouring states in the North-West and North-Central, Kaduna State State Government has held several meetings with security agencies to adopt critical measures towards crushing bandits in identified hideouts”.
The commissioner also announced the immediate ban of commercial and private motorcycles for a period of three months across the state as well as the regulation of the schedule for commercial tricycle operators from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm daily.
“The following measures become effective from Thursday, 30th September 2021.
“1. The complete ban on the use of motorcycles (okada) for commercial or personal purposes for three months in the first instance.
“2. Ban on possession of or wielding of dangerous weapons.
“3. Tricycles are allowed to operate only from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm. All tricycles must remove all curtains. Movement of tricycles is restricted from dusk till dawn,” he said.
In addition, Aruwan said all commercial tricycles are to remove curtains in their tricycles.
Similarly, the government said all vehicles used for commercial transportation must be painted in yellow and black within the next 30 days, while vehicles used for hiring services are expected to be painted in yellow and black stripes.
Other measures put in place according to the Commissioner, include the ban on the sale of petrol in jerry cans or other containers in Birnin Gwari, Giwa, Chikun, Igabi, Kachia, Kagarko and Kajuru Local Government Areas.
The government appealed to residents to endure the severe strain and inconvenience the security measures will place on peaceful and law-abiding citizens, adding that difficult times have demanded that difficult decisions be made.
“These difficult times demand that difficult decisions be made. The measures have been adopted purely in the interest of our collective safety and security and to aid our brave forces in their fight against these mindless criminals.
“Too many lives have been lost and too many families have been shattered. Small groups of wicked persons cannot continue to hold us to ransom and force us to live in perpetual fear,” Aruwan said.
Kaduna now joins other states such as Zamfara to implement the shutdown of telecoms services in the country as part of measures to curb insecurity.
The Kaduna State House of Assembly has passed the State Legislative Finances Control and Management Bill into Law.
This was disclosed in a statement signed on Tuesday by Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani.
According to the statement, five other bills were also passed into law during Tuesday’s sitting.
At least one person has been killed and many others have been injured after gunmen attacked the ECWA Church at Gabaciwa village in Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Sunday morning.
According to a report by security agencies, the gunmen invaded the church during the Sunday morning service, and immediately attacked the worshipers, which led to the death of one person, while some others were seriously injured.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned the attack, described it as an evil act targeting innocent citizens exercising their constitutional and universal rights to religious freedom.
Ten more abducted students of Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have regained their freedom.
This is the fourth batch of the students released so far by their abductors.
The police are yet to confirm the development, but a top official of the school told Channels Television that the 10 students were released on Sunday afternoon, after an unspecified amount of money was paid as ransom to the kidnappers.
Three suspects have been arrested over their alleged involvement in the abduction of students of the Bethel Baptist High School, Maraban Damishi, Kaduna State, by operatives of the Special Tactical Squad (STS).
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, CP Frank Mba on Thursday.
The suspects are Ishaku Lawal, Muazu Abubakar and Adam Bello.
According to the statement, investigations by the Police team revealed how the principal suspect, Muazu Abubakar a.k.a Datti (27-year-old), carried out surveillance of the Bethel school and strategized with his other gang members before they attacked and abducted the students.
Ishaku Lawal who was also arrested in connection with the incident, revealed how Ahmadu a.k.a Yellow, provided the firearms and ammunition they used for the operation.
One AK47 rifle was recovered from each of the suspects as investigations are still ongoing.
Also arrested, was a highway robbery syndicate that has been linked to about 50 armed robberies along major highways in the South-West region of the country.
The leader of the gang, one Mohammed Mode a.k.a Basullube from Gugu in Kwara State, revealed to the Police team how he masterminded and led other gang members, Abdullahi Mohammed from Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Musa Adamu from Otte Vilage, Kwara State and Abdullahi Ali from Orita Gambari in Oyo State, all within the age bracket of 21 – 27 years, to carry out the series of highway robberies before their eventual arrest.
Similarly, police investigations into the recent spate of break-ins and theft in places of worship in the Federal Capital Territory and other contiguous States to the FCT, led to the arrest of three members of a gang that specialized in theft of musical instruments from churches.
The suspects revealed to the police team how they broke into over 50 churches.
They include one Monday Akawu (39-year-old) who impersonates personnel of the Nigerian Army to enable the gang to move the stolen items to their intended criminal receivers and Joseph Orazulike ‘m’ 35yrs who is a receiver of the stolen items. Over thirty (30) specialized musical equipment and other electronic gadgets stolen from different churches were recovered from the suspects.
A total of 26 sophisticated firearms including 13 AK47 rifles, four SMGs, four locally-made revolver rifles and 2,720 ammunition of different caliber are some of the exhibits recovered from all the suspects.
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, while appreciating citizens for their support in fighting crime in the country, reiterated that the Force will intensify efforts toward improving public safety and security in the country.
He also charged Police Operatives across the country to sustain the tempo in the ongoing operationalization of Operation Restore Peace in the country. According to him, all the suspects will be charged to court on completion of investigations.