Samuel Aruwan, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, has reported that over 446 people were killed and 985 taken hostage by terrorists and bandits in the six-month period from April to September 2022.
During his presentation of the security report for the second and third quarters of 2022 to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Aruwan stated the occurrences were caused by banditry, terrorism, and intercommunal violence in various parts of the state.
Aruwan disclosed that the data included 161 fatalities in the third quarter and 285 fatalities in the second quarter of the year.
He claimed that of the total number of kidnappings that occurred during the time, 804 occurred in the third quarter and five victims were raped in each of the second and third quarters.
The Commissioner also stated that in the second and third quarters, respectively, 258 and 156 people were hurt, while 5,999 and 1,133 animals were rustled.
Aruwan claimed that throughout the time period, security services recovered a total of 74 AK-47 rifles, five locally produced rifles, 5,398 live rounds, and 11 pump action magazines.
The Commissioner added that throughout the time period, 168 bandits were neutralized by forces, 59 of them were slain in the second quarter and 109 in the third.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai issued a warning to bandits, terrorists, and other criminals operating in the state in response to the allegations, telling them to think twice because the government would not stand by and let them wreck the state.
He continued by saying that his government was making every effort to stop the flow of illegal substances that were funding the criminals and that the state will continue to fortify its intelligence network to keep up with them.