There was palpable tension in some parts of the Kaduna state following an attack carried by bandits allegedly on a revenge mission, who were reported to have killed scores of military men on duty.
Residents of Funtua and Birnin Gwari, in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent that it was a reprisal attack, because the bandits were loyal to the assassinated gang leader Buharin Daji, who was notorious in the bushes of Zamfara and Kaduna states.
“The bandits killed eleven Nigerian soldiers on Tuesday night in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State,” a source told our correspondent.
The source added that, “The well-armed bandits stormed the military post at Doka, an area between Funtua and Birnin Gwari and killed the soldiers on the spot and the bodies of the slain soldiers have been deposited in a mortuary.”
But a concerned group in the affected locality, the Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance, said in a statement that they needed help from government because their area was under siege.
One of the members of the group said, “Vigilante in Doka village has successfully repelled an attack by armed bandits numbering about 120 on a motorcycles around 10.05pm on Tuesday night.
“The attackers had earlier attacked MAGANDA District around four o’clock in the morning on a revenged mission over the killing of Buhari Tsoho a. K. a Buharin Daji. Nine people critically injured at Maganda, mostly Vigilante group.
“After Maganda, the Armed bandits moved towards Kampanin Doka at the junction road leading to Gwaska and Dansadau. But gallant soldiers and brave youths of Doka successfully repelled the attack around 11.00pm on Tuesday night.
“Many casualties on the side of the bandits recorded and they escaped with the wounds.
“Although we had informed the Kaduna State government on the attack three days ago and the military, government officials dismissed our credible information by not taken appropriate action to forestall the attacks by armed bandit.
“Once more, we the people of Birnin-Gwari are under siege and in need of protection of the government. Our youths and volunteers are ready to assist security agencies to confront armed bandits in our territory.
“We will remain vigilant and await a response of government of Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai to this security challenges in Birnin-Gwari local government.”
Meanwhile, governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has called for sustained collaboration between communities and security forces to overcome banditry.
The governor stated this in a message to the people of Birnin Gwari following recent attacks by bandits at Doka and Maganda villages.
A statement issued by the governor’s media aide, Samuel Aruwan, said the governor received with sadness reports of bandit attacks in these villages.
He, however, praised the communities for their vigilance and their collaboration with the military to thwart the attacks.