By Olayinka Elebute
•Emir’s convoy attacked, two Killed in Igabi, Kauru LGAs of Kaduna
Bandits have continued in their acts of terror by attacking Emir’s convoy, killing three soldiers and seven people in Kaduna and Zamfara States of North West Nigeria.
The convoy of the Emir of Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state, Alhaji Zubairu Maigwari has been attacked by bandits.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the official vehicle of the Emir was shot by bandits at about 4:30 PM on Monday around the Zonkoro axis of the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, within Chikun local government area.
He says that only the Emir’s driver and his orderly, a Police Inspector was in the vehicle while they were on their way to Kaduna when the incident occurred, adding that no life was lost.
In another incident, armed robbers barricaded a bridge leading to Kitansa village in Kauru local government and shot dead one Danladi Goriye, while another person, Sunday Garba sustained gunshot wounds.
Similarly, armed bandits barricaded the Buruku-Mando road in the Igabi local government area and opened fire on vehicles plying the road, and the process, killed One Abdullahi Baballe, a resident of the Lema area in Mando.
In another development, troops of Operation Thunder Strike have neutralized two bandits during a raid at a suspected bandit camp called Rafin Rikamba in Chikun local government while others escaped with gunshot wounds.
The Commissioner also disclosed that troops of Operation Safe Haven apprehended a suspected bandit informant, one Muhammad Sani Abubakar, at Apyimbuu village in Zangon Kataf local government area. The suspect has been handed over to the Police for further investigation.
Furthermore, Police personnel intercepted two brothers suspected to be gun runners, Abdullahi Samaila and Adamu Samaila, from Toro village in Bauchi State, along the Kaduna-Saminaka road with 150 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition concealed in the door of their vehicle.
The suspects according to Security agencies confessed to supplying ammunition to three previously arrested suspects, Marcus Danladi, Danjuma Dachi, and Ibrahim Haruna (arrested in late February) from Plateau State for onward supply to one Usman aka Gurgu in Kaduna State.
The trio was arrested with 1,565 rounds of ammunition on February 28th. Following that, one Suleiman Tukur and his son, Shuaibu Suleiman, were arrested in Karahi as part of the same syndicate. They were in possession of 231 rounds.
The victims were killed while repelling bandits’ attack in Magami District, Gusau Local Government Area of the state.
A source who confirmed the incident to Channels TV on Wednesday said the bandits were engaged in a fight with the people of Kabasa village who came out in their large numbers to protect themselves when the bandits entered their village.
“The bandits and the villagers fought for more than three hours before the military men who were stationed in Magami town came to the scene for help,” he said.
The bandits also lost many of their members but they took away their dead bodies.
Reacting, the Zamfara State Government expressed shock at the reported attack by the recalcitrant bandits who unleashed mayhem on innocent people in Kabasa village.
In a statement by the state Commissioner for Information, Ibrahim Dosara said, “The Executive Governor is saddened and disturbed by this sad event and strongly condemned it which led to the loss of lives in the village.”
The governor also extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and prayed to God to grant the souls of the departed, eternal rest.
“The government has already directed security agencies in the state to carry out a full investigation into the incident and report back to the government for action.”
Meanwhile, the standing committee for the assessment of damages constituted by the state government has been instructed to visit the community to assess the level of damages inflicted on the community.
People of the affected community in particular and the state in general, are also advised to remain law-abiding and go about their normal businesses.
All efforts to get comments from Operation Hadarin Daji proved abortive.