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Kaduna records 214 deaths, 746 kidnappings in 3 months

Kaduna State Government says an estimated 214 persons were killed in terrorist attacks, communal clashes and reprisals across the state from January to March 2023.

State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated this at the First Quarter 2023 Security Report he presented to the State Security Council.

Aruwan explained that 196 males, 14 females and four minors were killed, while 746 were kidnapped.

The report by the commissioner “indicates the persistence of security challenges, including terrorism and banditry, as well as the unfortunate toll in killings, kidnappings, injuries, and threats to the livelihoods of our people,” said Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

Governor El-Rufai applauded military-initiated offensive operations against insecurity but added that “there is every reason to intensify and sustain simultaneous ground and air kinetic actions across the seven frontline states of the North-West region and Niger states.”

The governor pointed out that the operation would prevent the establishment of a dangerous lull that might be exploited by criminals and outlaws, particularly during the period of transition from one administration to another.

Writing by Aminu Dalhatu; Editing by Muzha Kucha