Kaduna State government says about two thousand people have been kidnapped across the state last year

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affair Mr Samuel Aruwan stated this while presenting Summary Security report of Kaduna State from January to December 2020 to the state governor Malam Nasiru Elrufai at government house Kaduna.

Mr Aruwan said Banditry incidences in 2020 in the state revealed that, nine hundred and thirty Seven people were killed by bandits and other criminals incidences that happened.

He also stated that, over seven thousand animals were rustled across the state

The Commissioner further stated that, Kaduna Central had the highest cases of banditry attacked, kidnappings and animal rustled last year, stressing that, 617 people were killed, 1561 kidnapped and 5614 animals rustled in the zone.

He also made it clear that, Kaduna North Senatorial District had the minimum cases of Banditry incidences and other crimes across the state.

Mr Samuel Aruwan noted that, the report contained statistics of casualties, generated from reports of various security agencies and community leaders.

According to him, in respect to kidnappings, so many cases went unreported by the families of the victims while some killings were carried out without the notice of security agencies.

Mr Samuel Aruwan also stated that, in the period under review, Kaduna state Security operation Room received about 200 complains from Farmers across the state on the activities of pastoralist leading to destruction of crops while grazing.

He however identify protective cover by some communities to the members of their ethinic groups who perpetrate heinous crimes like banditry , thuggery , kidnappings to the aggravation of insecurity in many communities.

Earlier, Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasiru Elrufai expressed believed that, the recent directive giving to the Service Chiefs to end Banditry and other forms of crime by President Mohammadu Buhari would yield positive result.

According to him, security agencies are in needs of various support and encouragement to confront any threat in the country.

Governor Elrufai reaffirmed the state government resolved not to negotiate with any bandits.

The Senator representing Southern part of Kaduna, Senator Danjuma Lah was of the view that, regular stakeholders meeting on security would go along ways in addressing any security challenges affecting communities.

The Senator representing Zone, Alhaji Sulaiman Abdu Kwari commended all stakeholders committed toward ensuring peace in the state.

Also speaking, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamali mentioned some communities in zone that were having security threats that need urgent attention.

Head of various security agencies, traditional rulers, National President of NUJ, and other stakeholders attended the event.

COV/AMINU DALHATU

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