Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
December 26, 2020
Three police, two civilians slain at Benue LG boss’ residence
Unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits have killed seven persons in Giwa Council of Kaduna State. They equally set ablaze 330 bags of maize in the raid.
Nigeria military said the hoodlums were confronted in a gun battle, while a good number of the bandits were slain.
Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, said that the state government had been informed by the military authority that several armed robbers have neutralized at the outskirts of Galadimawa in Giwa Local Government Area.
Aruwan in a statement issued yesterday, the armed bandits were neutralized after they attacked the weekly Galadimawa Market on Wednesday evening, where two vigilante members and five citizens lost their lives.
“According to the security report, the armed bandits sneaked into the market around 4 pm and opened fire on the vigilante, in the process killing Yusuf Iyatawa and Dabo Bafillace.
“While escaping, the bandits killed Danjuma Haladu, Shuaibu Isyaku, Isyaku Adamu, Shehu Dalhatu and Musa Kerawa,” he stated.
The bandits reportedly burnt down a trailer fully loaded with 330 bags of maize belonging to a business mogul, Alhaji Hamza Giwa.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir el-Rufai has condoled the families whose loved ones were lost during the attack and commended security operatives for neutralizing the bandits.
In another development, some set of bandits, in broad daylight yesterday, invaded the residence of Alfred Atera, the Chairman, Katsina-Ala Council, Benue State, killing three police officers and two civilians.
An anonymous source in Katsina-Ala told newsmen that the heavily-armed gunmen invaded the house around 11 a.m. to assassinate the council boss, but were resisted by security men, a situation which resulted in a high fatality rate.
Confirming the incident, DSP Catherine Anene, the Benue State Police Public relations Officer (PPRO), said that three police officers were slain.
Governor Samuel Ortom has condemned the attack on the chairman’s residence.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, described the attack e as unacceptable and ordered security operatives to bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to the statement, “Governor Ortom condemned, in strong terms, the assassination attempt on the Chairman of Katsina-Ala Council, Alfred Atera, earlier today (yesterday), in which three security men and two civilians were killed.
“He assured the people of Sankera and other parts of the state that his administration would not relent in its collaboration with security agencies to curb criminal activities in all ramifications.
“He commiserates with families of those who lost their lives during the attack on Atera’s house and states that their killers would not escape justice.”