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Two brothers killed as bandits launch fresh attack in Kaduna



Two biological brothers have been killed by suspected bandits in a fresh attack in Kaduna state.

The brothers were killed on Friday morning, June 16, 2023, while farming at Unguwar Gajere village, Kutemeshi ward, Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Sagir Umar, a resident of the area, expressed deep concern over the relentless activities of the bandits, which have caused panic in the village.

He revealed that over the past two weeks, approximately 10 villagers had been held captive by the bandits.

According to Umar, the bandits have been wreaking havocs in the community by abducting innocent villagers and stealing their livestock.

Yahaya Musa, the member representing Kakangi Constituency in the State House of Assembly, confirmed the recent killing and expressed grief over the incident.

He also disclosed that two other farmers were abducted at Gwanda mai Gyada village by the bandits on Thursday while working on their farms.

Musa commended ongoing security operations along the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari highway aimed at flushing out the bandits from nearby forests. He identified the Kutemeshi area, Tabanni, Kuyello, and Dogon Dawa villages as the locations where the bandits were sighted.

When contacted, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Mohammed Jalige, promised to call back our reporter after getting more details on the incident.

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However, as of the time of filing this report, no response was received from him.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police Force, Plateau State Command, has secured the release of six out of seven University of Jos students kidnapped on Wednesday.

Recall that it was reported that the students who live off campus were kidnapped on Wednesday night in their rooms around the Ring Road area of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.

The Plateau State Commissioner of Police, Bartholomew N. Onyeka, in a recent statement, disclosed that six out of the seven kidnapped students at the University of Jos had regained their freedom after spending two days in captivity.

The statement reads: “Today, the Plateau State Command is pleased to announce to the general public that five of the victims who were kidnapped on 13/06/2023 have regained their freedom.

“The command swung into action immediately after receiving the report and worked tirelessly in collaboration with the Anti-Kidnaping Unit, family members of the victims and the community to secure the release of the victims.

“One of the victims was able to escape from the kidnappers’ den, while one victim is still in captivity. This brings the number of rescued victims to six (6).”

The police chief also gave a matching order to the Area Commander Metro and the DPO Nasarawa Gwong to intensify efforts toward ensuring that the last victim is rescued unhurt and the perpetrators of this heinous act are arrested and brought to book.

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