El-Rufai condemns Kauru attack as ‘action of depraved entities stripped of every shred of humanity’; 3 more abducted Bethel students released

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condemned in the strongest terms, Monday’s attack on Ungwan Magaji, Kigam, Kisicho and Kikoba villages in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan stated in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Aruwan said, “According to a report from the Defence Headquarters Operation Safe Haven, armed assailants attacked the mentioned villages early on Monday morning, and swiftly left six residents dead.

“Responding to a distress call, troops arrived at the location and engaged the attackers, forcing them to retreat.”

He said, in addition to the casualties, it was reported that eight houses, six huts, one motorcycle and a generator were razed during the attack. “Some maize crops were also destroyed,” he said.

The Commissioner said that the governor expressed sadness over the attack and condemned it as an action of depraved entities stripped of every shred of humanity.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims and sent his condolences to their families.

The statement said that the governor tasked security agencies working in the area to sustain thorough investigations into the incident. “Investigations are ongoing in the general area. Government will keep the public abreast of developments in Kauru LGA.”

Reminiscing on the Monday incidence, no fewer than six people have been killed during separate attacks carried out by gunmen in four communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

A report from the Headquarters of Operation Safe Haven on Tuesday said the armed assailants invaded Kigom, Kikoba, Kishisho and Ungwa Magaji Magaji villages on Monday morning, and open fire on the locals, and in the process, killed six people.

In addition to the casualties, eight houses, farmlands and some other valuable property were burnt down by the gunmen.

They were said to have retreated from the area following the arrival of troops who engaged them in a gun battle.

According to the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the military and other security agencies are working with the governments of Kaduna and Plateau States, towards containing the renewed cycle of violence in Kauru local government of Kaduna State and Bassa LGA of Plateau State respectively.

Meanwhile three more abducted students of the Bethel Baptist Secondary school in Kaduna State have been found.

The three students (all male) were found by troops at the Kankumi forest general area in Chikun local government where they were abandoned by their abductors.

Although the police or school management are yet to confirm the development, locals told Channels Television that the three students had escaped from the bandits.

After being kidnapped from their school on July 8, they were reportedly re-kidnapped by another group of bandits while wandering inside the forest.

The second set of bandits were said to have renegotiated and collected a ransom from the parents of the three students, after which they dumped them inside the forest before they were found by troops.

The students have now been debriefed by the military, and will be handed over to the school authorities soon.

Its been nearly a month since 121 students of the school were abducted from their hotels by bandits, after which the bandits demanded a ransom of ₦60 million for the release of the students.

While it is not clear what agreements have been reached, the students have been trickling in, in small groups.

On July 25, 28 students were found inside the Tsoho Gaya Forest in Chikun Local Government Area of the state.

Armed kidnappings for ransom along highways, and from homes and businesses now make almost daily newspaper headlines in Africa’s most populous country.

But mass school abductions have soared this year, with almost 1,000 students kidnapped, according to UNICEF.

Most are released after negotiations but many are still being held in forest hideouts like the Bethel pupils.

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