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Bandits kill seven, kidnap seven in Kaduna

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Bandits have killed seven people and injured others in three local councils of Kaduna State, at the weekend. This is as another set kidnapped seven people in Zaria.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the killer bandits shot the seven citizens dead in Chikun, Kajuru and Giwa local councils.

Aruwan stated yesterday: “These developments were reported to the Kaduna State Government by security agencies on Saturday.

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“According to the agencies, bandits shot four kidnapped citizens at the outskirts of Tsohon Gayan in Chikun. Two were identified as Solomon Bamaiyi and Francis Moses from Kakau village of Chikun. The third was identified to hail from Kachia town and the fourth remains yet unidentified.”

THE seven were kidnapped at the staff quarters of National Turberclosis and Leprosy Training Centre, Zaria, yesterday.

At the residential staff quarters of the centre, the criminals took away five staff and two other people, including nursing mothers.

A source within the quarters told journalists that the bandits came around 12.30 a.m. yesterday and cordoned off the area to avoid intervention by security forces.

The bandits also attacked the Saye Divisional Police headquarters.

Confirming the incident yesterday, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Mohammed Jalige, said after the command received the report, it launched investigation into the matter.

IN Benue State, three major socio-cultural organisations in Benue have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop militia Fulani herdsmen from killing Nigeria’s farmers, noting that their activities caused 95 per cent of insecurity and hunger in the country.

Mdzough-U-Tiv (MUT), Ochetoha K’ Idoma (OKI) and Omi Ny’Igede (ONI), in a joint statement yesterday, maintained that the devastating effect of the killings hit Benue, the Food Basket of the Nation, hard.

They urged the Federal Government to also arrest leaders of Miyetti Allah the way it arrested the leader of Indogenour People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, for trial.

MEANWHILE, the Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, Anglican Communion, Timothy Yahaya, has said that the bandits’ modus operandi in the country showed that they are more intelligent than the country’s security operatives.

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Yahaya was speaking at the Christ Anglican Church, Kaduna, before ordaining five into priesthood and 12 others as deacons. His assertion was on the heels reported killing of seven persons in the latest attacks in Kaduna.

For the country to win the war against banditry and kidnapping, its security men must be upgraded educationally and in quick response to the activities of the criminal elements.

KOGI State Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Bishop John Ibenu, has declared that the country will not break up despite the call for secession by some aggrieved groups, according to a revelation to him.

Ibenu disclosed this in Lokoja while fielding questions from journalist at the 29th anniversary of Chapel of Freedom International.

He explained that God told him that peace would soon return to the land. “They are talking of separation, they don’t know the founder of Nigeria. The founder of Nigeria is God, who signifies unity. Each person speaks according to their level of understanding. We are not going to join issues with them,” he said.

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