According to The Guardian, a community leader, Daniel Garba, at the weekend, confirmed the incident, saying, “the bandits stormed the community at night and killed three people, while the fourth person was murdered on his way to offer assistance. They also kidnapped 15 others.”
Garba, while condemning the persistent raids taking place in the area, applauded the efforts of the government and security agencies operating in the local council towards fighting insecurity in the province.
In another development, Kaduna state Police Command confirmed the arrest of a bandit with an AK 47 rifle and ammunition after a tip-off on movement of illegal arms in parts of Southern Kaduna.
WikkiTimes learnt that the command’s spokesman, Muhammed Jalige, in a statement yesterday, said, “On receipt of credible intelligence on suspected movement of illicit arms around Mariri Village, Saminaka, Lere Local Council, Kaduna State, the Commissioner of Police, CP Yekini Ayoku ordered an immediate security cordon of the area, which yielded a positive result with the arrest of a suspected armed bandit.”
Jalige clarified that the tactical execution of the operation was in line with the directive of IGP Alkali Baba Usman on intelligence as well as community policing strategy geared towards tackling criminal activities.
The statement continues: “Preliminary investigations revealed the identity of the arrested suspect as one Ishaku Habu otherwise known as Deta, a 25-year-old man from Mariri village. Recovered from him are the following items: One Ak47 rifle loaded with 29 rounds of 7.62 X 39mm live ammunition and one mobile phone, as he confessed to having been a member of a kidnapping and cattle rustling syndicate in the area.
“The Commissioner of Police, while reiterating the IGP’s directive, ordered for a meticulous investigation in a bid to arrest other gang members as well as recover their operational logistics for prosecution.”
“The CP equally called on the communities to redouble their current efforts in providing actionable and result-oriented intelligence such as this to assist the command and its sister agencies to minimise the current security challenges in the state.”