No fewer than 45 persons have been killed by the suspected bandits who raided Gwaska village in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday afternoon.
The Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, who disclosed this to newsmen in a release said 45 bodies were recovered by vigilantes and volunteers with the assistance of soldiers on Sunday afternoon.
“It is tears, sorrow and horrific situation at Gwaska village in Birnin-Gwari local government that were attacked by armed bandits yesterday.
“So far, about forty-five dead bodies were were evacuated by the braved vigilantes and volunteers numbering five hundred with assistance of handful soldiers this afternoon.”
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Government also confirmed the attack on the Gwaska Village but couldn’t ascertain the number of casualties involved.
While condemning the incessant attacks on the people of Birnin-Gwari, the state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai said that a Battalion of the Nigerian Army would be put permanently in the area to the check the killings.
El-Rufai, who spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan on Sunday condoled with the people of the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Council.
According to the governor, to contain the situation, the government said that the military would be stationing a permanent Army battalion in Birnin- Gwari.
In the statement, the Governor expressed concern over the incessant banditry and has been engaging the Federal Government on the matter.
He directed the State Emergency Management Agency to provide relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.
“The Kaduna State Government has received with sadness reports of the murder of our citizens by armed bandits in Birnin Gwari. The government has sent a message of condolence to the people of Birnin Gwari Emirate.
“Kaduna State Government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government.