The Executive governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has disclosed that a total of 937 victims were killed by bandits in 2020 in the 23 local governments of the state.
El-Rufai also said, that in the same year under review, about 1972 victims, were kidnapped in Kaduna State.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this on Wednesday, at the presentation of 2020 security report of the state, to governor Nasir El-Rufai at the Council Chamber of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna.
According to the Commissioner, “Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa and Chikun local governments in the Kaduna Central Senatorial district account for 468 deaths out of the 937 people that died last year, representing over 50% of the entire fatalities in the state.
“The Southern Senatorial district accounts for 286 deaths, which is about one third of the total, due in large part to sporadic clashes, alongside banditry which triggered attacks and counter-attacks, especially between June and November 2020.”
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While commiserating with the family of the diseased, governor El-Rufai, said his government is putting all measures to avoid the repeat of the kidnap cases in the state as recorded in 2020.
He further disclosed that his administration is adopting the use of technology and collaboration with other North-West states to curb insecurity in the state.
He said:“A CCTV network is being deployed in Kaduna metropolis while options for consistent operations of its drones are being explored.
“Together with Niger State and our neighbours in the North-west, we are putting together resources to fund military operations against bandits in the Kamuku-Kuyambana forest range that straddles the region.
Samuel Aruwan revealed that, “banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling are serious challenges in the state along with sporadic episodes of communal clashes. He said banditry and kidnapping are also what triggered or exacerbated communal clashes.”
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