In what appeared to be renewed attack on harmless residents of the state, bandits wreaking havoc in the North West have killed another traditional ruler in Kaduna.
The development is coming amid effort by the state government to restore peace and normalcy in the state.
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The traditional ruler, Malam Magaji Ibrahim, who was Magajin Garin Idasu at Giwa LGA, in Kaduna was shot by the rampaging bandits when called for help following the bandits invasion of the community on Sunday night, a resident disclosed.
The resident identified as Sharehu Idasu said the victim the bandits carted away motorcycles, adding that the deceased has been buried according to Islamic rites.
Meanwhile, one of the youth leaders in Rahiya village, Ridwan Abdulhadi, disclosed that over 70 percent of the people in the village have abandoned it and run to safer communities in part of Zaria and Giwa town.
He added: “Over 70 percent of our people flee to Giwa town and Zaria to stay with other family members because what happened on that day was terrible because 23 people were killed at Rahiya alone, 21 of them were married men. Only two persons were single.”
The killing came after residents of Rahiya village in the LGA were attacked by bandits on Saturday evening, December 18.
Abdulhadi said there are four other persons that sustained injuries, saying such people and the orphans left behind need urgent assistance from the government.
In the same vein, Gunmen on Sunday, December 19, staged fresh attacks in villages in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state, killing at least 38 people.
The Kaduna state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, confirmed that the death toll rose from initial 20 to 38 across locations.