Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, has said bandits killed 937 and kidnapped 1,972 in 2020.
In a security report presented to the state Governor, Nasir El Rufai by the Commissioner, Aruwan said that victims of the kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities captured in the report cut across all ethnic and religious groups in the state.
“Victims of criminal acts like banditry and kidnapping are to be found across ethnic, religious or political leanings and persuasions”, he stated.
The commissioner also noted that the total number of deaths linked to banditry and other forms of violence in 2020 is 937, adding that “of this number, Igabi has the highest figure of 152, deaths followed by Kajuru with a figure of 144 deaths.”
Mr Samuel Aruwan disclosed that Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa and Chikun local governments in Kaduna central senatorial district account for 468 deaths out of the 937 people that died last year, representing over 50 per cent of the entire fatalities in the state.
“The southern senatorial district accounts for 286 deaths, which is about one-third of the total, due to large part of sporadic clashes, alongside banditry which triggered attacks and counter-attacks, especially between June and November 2020″, he added.
The commissioner noted that “out of 1,972 people kidnapped in the period under review, Kaduna Central Senatorial district accounts for 1,561 and out of the total, 1,461 were kidnapped within Birnin Gwari, Igabi, Giwa and Chikun Local Government Areas.’’