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Bandits invade Kaduna, Niger communities, kidnap 36

By Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) and Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri)
08 December 2021   |   3:00 am
Bandits have reportedly invaded some communities in Kaduna and Niger States, abducting about 36 persons.

Zulum mourns fallen soldiers, donates N5m to wounded

Bandits have reportedly invaded some communities in Kaduna and Niger States, abducting about 36 persons.

Spokesman of Kaduna Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, said in a telephone interview that the incident occurred in communities around the border between Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State and Niger State.

The bandits were said to have struck on Sunday and in the early hours of Monday, taking some villagers, including women and children, with them into the forests.

A resident, Malam Muhammadu, who escaped the attack, said there was no report of any death.

Meanwhile, Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has mourned seven soldiers killed on Friday in Rann, the headquarters of Kala/Balge Council.

The troops were attacked by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Rann’s Forward Operational Base (FOB). Three other personnel were wounded.

During a visit to the injured soldiers at Army Hospital, Maimalari Barracks, Maiduguri, Zulum directed the release of N5 million to the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Brig-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo.

He said the donation should be shared to all soldiers on admission at the hospital, including the ones unconnected with the Kala/Balge attack.

He thanked the soldiers for protecting over 5,000 displaced persons in camps and border communities.

Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement, yesterday, disclosed that the terrorists arrived with mounted gun trucks and motorcycles.

He said troops killed 26 terrorists and captured the insurgents’ combat vehicles, including 18 AK-47 rifles, M-21 rifle and large quantity of ammunition.

Nwachukwu said the troops also forced the terrorists to abandon their mission and withdraw in disarray towards the border with Cameroon.

He disclosed that two officers and five soldiers paid the supreme price to protect Rann and other border communities.

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