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17 killed in Kaduna, Katsina bandits’ attacks, protesting youths block highway

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Bandits have invaded Goran Gida in the Gora District of the Zango-Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing three persons, while one person sustained injuries.

One car was also burnt in the attack that occurred on Sunday.


The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said security operatives had intensified patrol in the area to forestall further attacks.

The commissioner said, “The Kaduna State Government has received a report detailing an attack on Goran Gida, Gora District of the Zangon Kataf LGA, which left three residents dead and one injured.

“According to the report, the unidentified attackers entered the village late last night (Sunday) and killed Amos Bulus, Bulus Swam and Simon Akut

“One Kezia (full name unknown) was injured and is receiving treatment. One car was burnt by the assailants.


“The acting governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, received the report with sadness and condemned the mindless attack on innocent citizens.”

The District Head of Gora Gida, Mr Elias Gora, also confirmed that three persons were killed in the attack.

He explained that the attack was launched around 11pm on Sunday.


When The PUNCH contacted the police spokesman in the state, Mohammed Jalige, said he was not aware of the incident, adding that he would get back with details.

In a similar development, angry youths in Yantumaki, Danmusa Local Government Area of Katsina State, on Monday barricaded the Katsina-Funtua Highway in protest against bandits’ attack on Amarawa village, which claimed two lives, as well as other attacks over the weekend in Matazu and Musawa local government areas, where no fewer than six persons also reportedly died.

Eyewitnesses said the youth as early as 6am barricaded the highway with disused tyres and other objects, and disrupted traffic flow on the highway for several hours.


It was learnt that the barricade made some travellers going to Funtua, Kaduna, Abuja, Sokoto and Gusau to turn back and wait at Dutsin-ma until security operatives cleared the highway.

The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, said security operatives were on top of the situation.

He said, “We woke up this morning with a report of a protest by some youths in the Yantumaki area because of bandits’ attack at Amarawa village, where two villagers were killed by the hoodlums.

“The command, in collaboration with the military and other security agencies, is on top of the situation as personnel and equipment have been deployed to deal with the recalcitrant bandits hibernating in the area. The command is calling for calm and urges members of the communities around the area.”


Meanwhile, the bandits reportedly attacked some communities in Matazu and Musawa local government areas of the state on Friday and Saturday, respectively, during which six persons, among whom was a bandit, were killed.

A resident of one of the attacked communities, who did not want identification, said, “Bandits attacked Dagul village in Matazu, where they killed four persons, including the village head, Malam Rabi’u Matazu.

“Also on Saturday night, bandits attacked Ilali in Matazu, where they ransacked several homes and carted away household valuables, including foodstuffs and money.

“They entered the room of one of the residents and when they couldn’t find him, they set the room in which he was hiding on fire.

“He sustained burns on parts of his body and was later rushed to the Malumfashi General Hospital for treatment.

“They killed one person and broke into several shops, where they stole valuables and undisclosed amount of money.”

Another resident, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, disclosed that several communities were attacked in Musawa on Saturday and at least two persons and one bandit were killed.

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