BEVERLY HILLS, March 11, (THEWILL) – The 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 on Wednesday, Aruwan said that victims of the kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities captured i 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 pointed out.
The commissioner 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.”
Aruwan further said 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.
Aruwan added 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.’’
Receiving the report, Governor El Rufai said the State Government has been using its limited tools as a subnational, to address the security challenges facing the state.
The governor paid tributes to the victims of insecurity, reiterating his administration’s ‘’ resolve to continue to protect our people and stop the criminals.’’
El Rufai reiterated that Kaduna State has been supporting the federal security agencies deployed in our state with vehicles and other logistics since 2015.
According to him, Kaduna State Government has also invested in technology to help secure the state, adding that “a CCTV network is being deployed in Kaduna metropolis while options for consistent operations of its drones are being explored.’’
The governor also explained that Kaduna State has been collaborating with neighbouring states to tackle insecurity.
“Together with Niger State and our neighbours in the North-west, we put together resources to fund military operations against bandits in the Kamuku-Kuyambana forest range that straddles the region”, he said.
The governor, however regretted that the collaboration which was done in 2015, ‘’was not sustained or expanded into a campaign of continuous, simultaneous operations against the bandits across our vast region.’’
“Failure to contain and defeat them in one place has emboldened them to develop a national footprint and endanger national cohesion,’’ he argued.
He also said that the military and police need modern technology and equipment and more boots on the ground.
“The security of our communities depend on the robust projection of state power, and that can only be done with sufficient security numbers to overawe and deter criminals”, he maintained.
The governor called for the decentralisation of policing.