– Some people have lost their lives in Kaduna state following a shooting spree by bandits
– The criminals are said to be fleeing from security officers when they started shooting at vehicles
– A vehicle was hit in the process and in turn, about six people died in the crash that followed after the driver lost control
Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, in a statement on Friday, said the bandits opened fire on the commuters while running away from “aggressive patrols” by security agencies in the area.
According to the statement, the bandits took to the highway around Ungwan Dangedda while shooting at several vehicles as they retreated.
The driver of a commercial vehicle was said to have been hit in the process, forcing him to lose control of the vehicle.
The vehicle was said to have somersaulted several times before coming to a stop, after which the bandits reportedly fled the scene.
The six persons that died on the spot from the crash were identified as Abdurrashid Ya’u, Sa’idu Ya’u, Suwaiba Ali’ Sulaiman Ustaz, Ramatu Ya’u, and an unidentified infant.
Six other persons — Ubale Yahuza, Rabiu Ibrahim, Umar Musa, Saude Yusuf, Mohammed Aminu, and Kadima Mercy — sustained injuries.
The state government had in September 2020 strengthened security around the airport and Birnin Gwari road, known to be a flashpoint of kidnapping, by deploying troops of the Nigerian army there.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, has said that bandits might be ready to listen to renowned Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abubakar Mahmoud Gumi more than the federal government.
Mohammed made the disclosure while speaking on TVC’s This Morning show monitored by The Punch on Friday, February 5.
According to the minister, the government was using some back channels to tackle Nigeria’s security challenges, adding that there’s nothing unusual for the Kaduna-based Islamic cleric to act as a bridge.
This development is coming a day after the fearless Islamic cleric took a bold step to dialogue with the armed criminals in a bid to hear their grievances and possibly fashion out a workable method of stopping the bloodletting.
Gumi, alongside some other Islamic clerics, visited Tubali and Makkai forests in Shinkafi local government area of Zamafara on Tuesday, February 2, where he met with the bandits for another round of dialogue.
The renowned Islamic scholar narrated his experience during his recent trip to the bandits camp in Zamfara state.
The well-respected cleric said he visited the stronghold of the attackers, appealing to them to accept peace.
Briefing Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state on Thursday, February 4, after his visit, the cleric said the bandits have turned into insurgents.