222 persons killed, 774 kidnapped in second quarter in Kaduna – Govt.

Two hundred and twenty-two deaths linked to banditry and other violent attacks were recorded in Kaduna State between April and June representing the second quarter of the year.

Seven hundred and seventy-four others were kidnapped within the period.

The revelations came at the State’s Security Council meeting yesterday, where the security summary of the State for the second quarter was presented to the governor.

According to the report, Kaduna-Central recorded the highest number of attacks – with 159 deaths, 555 kidnapped persons, and 10 rape cases.

The Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who presented the report to Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i and other top government officials, also said 266 citizens were injured across the State, while 8,553 cows and other livestock were rustled within the period under review.

Aruwan however noted 87 of the bandits majorly responsible for the killings and kidnap of innocent citizens of the state were killed within the period.

The Commissioner stated: “Banditry, violent attacks, communal clashes and reprisals in the second quarter accounted for 222 deaths across the State. Of this total, nine were women and eight were minors (below the age of 18).

The State governor maintained his position on the limitation of State governors to control security agents posted to their respective states, calling on the Federal government to support the state to make up for the manpower deficit.

 El-Rufa’i appealed to citizens who appear to be losing confidence in security agencies to support and pray for the State.

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