Not less than 19 persons have been confirmed dead and many others were injured after an attack by bandits who invaded Kutemeshi Community in the Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna State.
It was learnt that the bandits, who attacked the community on Saturday, operated for two hours as they shot indiscriminately at residents of the community.
A resident of the community, Bashir Lawal, who narrowly escaped death, said several calls were made to security agencies, but only a few volunteer vigilantes responded to the emergency calls.
“Early Sunday morning, 19 people were confirmed dead, while several others were injured and many people still missing. Those killed are set for burial.
“We called several times for security reinforcements, but only a handful of volunteer vigilantes came after the bandits had retreated to the bush around 7pm yesterday.
“In recent days, armed bandits had displaced thousands of people from different communities in various parts of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.”
The state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the tragic incident on Sunday.
He listed the names of people killed as Malan Sani Barume, Yahaya Bello, Amadu Dan Korau, Samaila Niga, Jamilu Haruna, Lawal Majiya, Dan Malam Rabo, Dauda Kafinta, Hassan Mai Makani, Bashir Haruna, Lawal Ali, Mu’azu Haruna, Mai Unguwa Sa’adu and Harisu Bako.
He added that those who sustained injuries had been taken to a neighbouring state closer to Kutemeshi for urgent medical attention.
Aruwan said, “Some shops were also looted with valuable items carted away. Some of the injured (persons) have been moved to a neighbouring state closer to Kutemeshi for urgent medical attention, while others are in transit to an orthopaedic hospital in Kaduna.
“So far, only the 14 corpses have been recovered from Kutemeshi. The Kaduna State Government will provide updates on any emerging developments.”
Meanwhile, Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, recently granted amnesty to seven bandits who surrendered their weapons and vowed not to go back to their past criminal ways