Suspected terrorists have killed three farmers across communities in the Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Chairman, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union, Ishaq Kasai, said the hoodlums abducted 22 people and snatched motorcycles during the attacks, which happened on Saturday.
Kasai said, “On Saturday, September 24, 2022, around 7.30pm, the bandits invaded Hayin Gada, Damari community, Kazage ward, killed two locals, Sanusi Zubairu and Kabiru Zubairu, and kidnapped 12 persons. The bandits also looted shops in the same community during the attack.
“On the same Saturday, another group of bandits killed one and kidnapped six persons at Farm Centre, Birnin-Gwari/Kaduna Road. The bandits also kidnapped four others at Dajin Jangali and seized three motorcycles (Bajaj) from farmers at Kamfanin Doka area.
“BEPU observes with serious concern the way the armed bandits continue to invade various communities and loot goods in shops unchallenged.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, did not take his calls or respond to a text message sent to him by our correspondent.
In a related development, a man, Mapack Linus, was killed on Sunday following a fresh attack by bandits in Jannaret town, in the Mangu LGA of Plateau State.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the victim was shot when the bandits opened fire on residents.
A resident of Jannaret town, Charles Yusuf, confirmed the attack to our correspondent on Monday.
He said, “It was last night (Sunday) that the bandits arrived at Jannaret town around 7.30pm and just opened fire on people in the community.
“From what we got to know, the bandits were targeting leaders of vigilante groups frustrating their nefarious activities. Fortunately, the vigilante leaders who used to visit the affected spot in the community were not present when the bandits opened fire, but their (vigilante leaders’) friends were there.
“Sadly, the bullets hit three persons. One of them died on the spot, while two others sustained injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital.”
Yusuf called on the government and security agencies to tighten security in the community and its neighbourhood.
The spokesman for the Plateau State Police Command, Alabo Alfred, did not take his calls as of the time of filing this report.