Kaduna State Internal Security and Home Affairs Commissioner Samuel Aruwan confirmed that 15 farmers were killed by terrorists spread across the state’s three local governments of Jiwa, Boning Gwali and Kajuru Jurisdiction.

The commissioner also said dozens of residents in the affected local government area were injured in the attack.

In Giwa LG alone, 11 locals were confirmed dead, while in Birnin-Gwari and Kajuru, two each died, Aruwan said.

According to him, those killed by the hooligans included Abdullahi Musa, Adam Musa, Aminu Nasiru, Adamu Ibrahim, Yuusman Laden, Yunusa Saidou, Salisu Abdulrahman, Fati Usman, Yakub Yau, Malwanu Ibrahim and an unidentified body.

He named Idon Bonos and Aston Namaskar for those killed in Kajuru and Salisu Mai Tireda and Mohammed Maikaba for those killed in Birnin-Gwari.

The Commissioner said: “Regrettably, the Kaduna State Government has expressed its deepest condolences to the families of several victims who lost their lives in the bandit attacks in the Jiwa, Burning Gwali and Kajuru LGAs.

“The government has been informed by security agencies that bandits attacked Rafin Sarki in Giwa LGA, confirming that 11 locals were killed.

Similar briefings indicated that Kuffana, Kajuru LGA’s Cibiya and Karamai communities were attacked by bandits and two people were killed, identified as Idon Bonos and Aston Namaskar.

“Several people were injured.”

Also, bandits killed two people in Damari, Birnin Gwari LGA. The victims were identified as Salisu Mai Tireda and Mohammed Maikaba.

He said Governor Nasir Rufai expressed his deep sorrow over the recent attacks against citizens, while expressing sympathy to the families of the victims and praying for the victims.

“The governor is also praying for a speedy recovery for the injured. The government is engaging with security forces regarding these developments and others,” the commissioner added.

Our correspondent has learned that the 11 farmers killed in Rafin Sarkin refused to give in to the terrorists’ demands that a levy be paid to them before they could harvest their produce.

A source told one of our reporters that the farmers had rejected the terrorists’ demands, resulting in them being killed.

“They attacked a village called Rafin Sarki, not in Jiwa town, but in Jiwa local government,” the source said.

“People in the area were clearing their produce when bandits came to collect money from them so they could ‘allow’ them to finish their farming activities.

“But the farmers refused to give them the money they were asking for. From there, things just started.”



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