Bandits Strike Again: Nine Killed, 35 Abducted Including Ex-CBN Director in Kaduna

Taiwo Ajayi
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Tragedy struck once more in Kaduna State as bandits unleashed terror in Kwasam community, Kauru LGA, and Gwada community, Igabi LGA, claiming the lives of at least nine individuals.

Among the abducted were a retired Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Zakariya Markus, his brother, and his brother’s wife. Additionally, nine people sustained injuries during the attacks.

The brutal assaults left six dead, five missing, and two wounded in Kauru LGA, while three lost their lives, seven were injured, and 30 were taken captive in Igabi LGA.

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Eyewitnesses recount that the tragic events unfolded on a fateful Friday night when the assailants stormed the communities shortly after 10 pm. The bandits forcibly took two individuals to the home of the retired CBN official, where they abducted him, along with his relatives.

The deceased victims include Danmasani Gwaska, Mrs. Giwa John, Kapishi Barmu, Ganya Ubangida, Shigama Salisu, and Gani Magawata. Among those kidnapped were Mr. Zakariya Markus, Monday Markus (the retired CBN director’s younger brother), and Monday Markus’ wife, among others.

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In response to the escalating violence, Kaduna State Governor, Uba Sani, has called for intensified military operations against bandits across the state. Expressing condolences to the bereaved families, Governor Sani emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring security and stability in affected areas.

Representing the governor during an assessment of the security situation in Gwada and Kerawa villages, Samuel Aruwan, the Overseeing Commissioner for the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, reiterated the state’s determination to combat insecurity. Joined by military commanders and security forces, the delegation engaged with local leaders to strategize on enhancing security measures.

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As the region grapples with the aftermath of yet another wave of violence, efforts to restore peace and protect communities remain at the forefront of government initiatives.

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