At least 20 villagers have been killed by bandits who invaded three communities in the Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Confirming the report, Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the attack affected communities to are Kauran Fawa, Marke, and Riheya.
The PUNCH quoted the commissioner as saying that the assailants razed several houses, vehicles, and other valuables estimated in millions of naira.
Although Aruwan didn't reveal when the attack took place, he made the disclosure in a statement released on Sunday.
“The Military and Police authorities have reported to the Kaduna State Government that over 20 citizens were killed during attacks by bandits on several villages in Giwa local government area.
“According to the report, bandits attacked Kauran Fawa, Marke and Riheya villages in Idasu, Giwa LGA, leaving more than 20 residents dead as of the time of this update.
“Houses, trucks, and cars were also burnt, along with agricultural produce at various farms.”
Reacting, Governor Nasir El-Rufai to have commiserated with the affected communities, describing the attacks as brutal.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with sadness, sent condolences to the families of the victims of the brutal attacks while praying for the repose of their souls.
“The Governor also commiserated with the affected communities and directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an urgent assessment of the area towards providing relief
“The identities of the victims will be published once further details are confirmed by the Kaduna State Government.
"In the meantime, security agencies have sustained patrols in the general area,” Aruwan said, quoting El-Rufai.