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Gunmen Kill 47 People in Crisis-hit North Nigeria

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated that the attack was perpetrated by the armed bandits

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Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga
Hamzat Ibrahim Abaga is a graduate of Mass Communication and aspiring investigative journalist.

NIGERIA: A recent attack on Giwa local government area of Kaduna state, the North-West zone of Nigeria has claimed 47 lives. The attack has been strongly condemned by the Nigerians and the international community.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated that the attack was perpetrated by the armed bandits who have been terrorizing the region and the country for more than a decade now.

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Aruwan noted that the invasion took place in Riheya, Marke, Fawa, and Kaura communities under the Idasu area of Giwa local government of the state.

The brutal attack

On 21 December, unidentified gunmen shot down 47 people in north-west Nigeria. The military personnel and police officials confirmed to Aruwan that not less than 20 unarmed civilians were assassinated in the latest raid. The Nigerians have suspected that bandits were behind the brutal attack.

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Aruwan has confirmed that Houses, cars, and farm produce were destroyed as a result of the attack.

Premium Times reported that the current invasion on the Kaduna state community has happened for the second time in two days. According to the reports, a similar attack was carried out in the Kaduna state that claimed about nine lives and left two others injured. 

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Kaduna state is affected by the continuous conundrum of banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and ethnic-religious conflict. 

According to TheCable, at least three persons were reportedly killed in Kaduna state by the bandits and other violent groups every day in 2020. When summed together, 937 persons were killed daily.

Along with this, around 1,972 persons were said to have been kidnapped.

Banditry: A rising problem in Nigeria

According to ICIRNigeria’s report, banditry has killed five times more people in Kaduna state in 2020. This statistics is more than the combined killings in five states of the North-Eastern part of Nigeria.

Earlier, the Federal Government of Nigeria had pronounced banditry in the country as a terrorist organization. In response to this, controversial Islamic Scholar, Ahmed Gumi called the declaration of the banditry meaningless. He added that it wasn’t supposed to yield any positive result in fighting the insecurity in the country.

However, the declaration has not changed anything in the face of combating banditry and other crimes in the state.

Ahmed Gumi who many Nigerians have suspected to have an alliance with the banditry in Nigeria based its argument based on how the same pronouncements have been made on Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but nothing good comes out of it.

Nigeria is getting affected by banditry and terrorism. The country’s government now needs to adopt better strategies to fight insurgency.

The county’s security forces have ceased to function and have failed to protect the lives and properties of the people.

Nigeria’s government signing partnership deals with any private security organizations will help in eliminating any bad elements around the country.

The federal government should in a matter of urgency seek help from the international forces, individual security experts, and organization.

The government need to invest more in the military and security sector of the country to keep Nigeria safe and improve the economy and social life of its citizens.

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