Insecurity: 3 killed, 22 abducted as bandits launch fresh attack in Kaduna

No fewer than 3 people have been killed, and 22 others abducted as bandits launched fresh attacks in different communities in Birnin-Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.

The incident was said to have happened on Saturday, September 24, 2022, but was confirmed to newsmen on Monday morning, September 26, 2022.

According to reports, the attackers also snatched their victims’ motorcycles. 

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Confirming the incident, Ishaq Usman Kasai, Chairman of Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU) told journalists on Monday that on Saturday 24th September, 2022 around 7:30pm.

He added that the bandits invaded Hayin Gada of Damari Community in Kazage Ward, killed 2 locals namely; Sanusi Zubairu and Kabiru Zubairu.

He said the bandits kidnapped 12 persons and looted shops in the same community during the attack.

“On same Saturday, another group of  bandits killed  1 and kidnapped 6 persons at FARM CENTER near Birnin-Gwari/Kaduna Road. The bandits also kidnapped 4 others at Dajin JANGALI and seized 3 motorcycles (Bajaj Model) from farmers at Kamfanin Doka area.”

“BEPU observes with serious concern the way the armed bandits continue to invade various communities and loot goods at shops unchallenged.”

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“The Union will never relent in its continuous call on relevant authorities to intensify effort towards combating terrorist activities in Birnin-Gwari LGA, especially at this early crop harvesting period,” he said.

Recall that it was reported that a community leader from the Birnin Gwari Emirate Council, Alhaji Zubairu Abdulra’uf lamented how members of the communities paid N400m to bandits to enable them to go to their farms.

This is just as he said the people of the emirate had resorted to defending themselves against terrorists that had over the years taken over the area.

The community leader stated that the constant attacks on communities had paralysed economic activities in their rural areas and made travelling in the area impossible.

On payment to bandits, Abdulra’uf on the state-owned radio – the Kaduna State Media Corporation said “Yes, N200m was paid to bandits in Randegi district alone.

Abdulra’uf said; “When you talk of Birnin-Gwari Local Government as a whole, it’s between N300m to N400m paid to these bandits.

“There are three stages of paying these types of taxes to these bandits. You have to pay pre-season and mid-season when the crops are about to start yielding. You will pay these bandits because they will not allow you to have access to your farm. Then, at the end of the season when you are harvesting, you will give these bandits money before you access your farm.

“And when you access your farm after paying these taxes, they will now tell you that apart from giving them money, you will give a ratio of two bags to 10 bags of all the assorted grains.”

He added, “For the past three years, this is what the Birnin-Gwari people have been enduring and we are now in a state of hopelessness and frustration.

“When people are frustrated, they will now look for the best option for themselves which is to arm themselves if the government cannot protect them,” he added.

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