Armed Bandits Kill 27 in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State

Breaking Armed bandits kill 27 in Birnin Gwari

Breaking Armed bandits kill 27 in Birnin Gwari

On a visit to the area last week, the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris had announced the deployment of 200 additional policemen, 10 patrol vehicles and two more divisions.

The group, Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, said 45 bodies were recovered by vigilantes and volunteers with the assistance of soldiers on Sunday afternoon.

However, Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has condemned the attack, saying he has gotten the nod of the Federal Government for the establishment of an army battalion in the council area.

The bandits also ransacked the villages, burning and destroying numerous buildings.The bandits, who were said to have come from the neighbouring Zamfara State, operated in Gwaska, and then moved to Kuiga village, where many persons were also killed.

Reportedly, on April 2018, 14 miners were killed in an attack by gunmen in the Birnin Gwari area.

The spokesman for Kaduna Police Command, Aliyu Mukhtar, did not answer our reporter's call through his mobile number.

He explained the attackers were from Zamfara state, and they shot children and torched homes as citizens fled.

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The commissioner of police in the state, Austin Iwar, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Sunday, April 29. Also the bandits burnt down completely the village of about 3,000 inhabitants.

Survivors mostly women now at Doka district said "most of those killed are volunteers that tried to defend the village and children that can not escape the onslaught".

The village, in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna, lies near an area known for banditry, where thick forests provide remote hideouts from law enforcement.

Kaduna police, in its statement, said it has taken cognizance of the murders and launched an operation to crackdown on the armed bandits involved in the crime.

The state government has also not reacted to the tragic incident.

President Muhammadu Buhari won Nigeria's 2015 elections partly on promises to bring security to Africa's largest economy and most populous nation, but has struggled to fulfill those pledges.