Kaduna: 446 killed, 985 kidnapped in 6 months – Commissioner

A total of 446 people lost their lives in Kaduna State following banditarthereterrorism and communal clashes from April to September 2022, an official in Kaduna said on Friday.

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The figure included 285 killed in the 2nd quarter of the year and 161 who lost their lives in the 3rd quarter.

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Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for homeland security and home affairs, gave the figures when he presented the 2022 quarter 2 and 3 security report to the government. Nasir El-Rufai.

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He also said that 985 people were kidnapped during the period under review across the state, of which 804 were kidnapped in the 3rd quarter, while five people were raped each in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

The commissioner said 258 people were injured in the 2nd quarter and 156 in the 3rd quarter, while 5,999 and 1,133 animals were stolen in the two quarters, respectively.

Aruwan, however, said a total of 74 AK-47 rifles, five locally made rifles, 5,398 live ammunition and 11 pump-action magazines were intercepted. betbetween April and September in the state.

The commissioner further said that 168 bandits were neutralized by the troops during the period with 59 killed in the 2nd quarter and 109 in the 3rd quarter.

He warned that the bandits’ activities have had a negative impact on agricultural activities, including livestock production.

The commissioner said it was important to block the flow of illicit drugs that fuels criminals.

He added that the main sources of funding for bandits are ransoms from kidnapped hostages, arms trafficking and the leasing of weapons to groups that lacked the capacity to acquire weapons.

Aruwan said the state would continue to strengthen its intelligence network, to stay ahead of criminals.

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