Armed Bandits’ Attack in Kaduna, Claim 11 lives; State Government name Victims

Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
November 17, 2020 

Eleven persons have been murdered in cold blood and 4 (four) were injured by Gunmen on Monday’s attack in Albasu village, Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The unfortunate event occurred around 12:30 p.m. on Monday when the gunmen stormed a Kaduna village on motorcycles shooting sporadically in the open air.

Musa, a farmer close to the village, narrated his ordeal to newsmen in Kaduna.

He stated “I was at my farm at a village nearby when we heard gunshots, and I saw as wounded people were being brought out in blood.

“Eleven people were later said to have been killed by the gunmen that stormed the village around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. It was serious because they (bandits)/have made several attempts in the past to attack the village but failed until yesterday (Monday).”

According to Musa, most of the residents of the village were on their farms when the bandits stormed the village on motorcycles.

Nuhu Abubakar, the village leader, who confirmed the attack to BBC Hausa radio on Tuesday, said police arrived the village later after the gunmen had zoomed off to an unknown destination.

“We performed their (victims) funeral prayers. The bandits also rustled our cows and destroyed our properties.

“We can’t farm because they (bandits) stopped us from farming and yet our lives are being wasted.

“All we wanted from the government is to please help protect our lives. We just want peace in our town,” the village head said.

Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a statement issued on Tuesday, also named the four persons who were bruised by the gunmen.

He said, “security agencies have updated the Kaduna State Government with information regarding Monday’s attack at Albasu village of Igabi local government”.

The statement revealed the identity of the 11 (eleven) persons murdered to include: Idi Gefefe, Amadu Mallam, Awwalu Goma, Babangida Iliyasu, and Lado Iliyasu Isah Goma.

“Others were: Ya’u Jumare,Hamza Umaru, Shehu Jibril, Tukur Albasu and Musa Adamu Muruzuwa .

Those who sustained injuries, according to the statement, were: Muazu Albasu, Samaila Chairman, Junaidu Husaini and a yet to be identified woman earlier thought to have been killed,” he added.

Mr. Aruwan also stated that security agencies have identified the residents killed by bandits on Sunday after they abducted 2 (two) persons at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru Local Government Area.

He identified the victim as Albarka Addu’a, a former village head of Kyemara Gari.

He said the Kaduna State Government will continue to give security updates to the citizenry as it continues to work assiduously with security agencies on the protection of life and property across the state.

Kaduna is among the northwest states encountering armed bandits attacks, who have murdered hundreds and kidnapped many others. Other states affected by such attacks include President Mohammad Buhari’s home state Katsina and Zamfara State.