Residents flee as bandits invade Kaduna village
Hundreds of villagers are fleeing Damari community in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna state after dozens of motorcycle bandits swarmed the community on Sunday morning.
The villagers said Daily Trust that the bandits were in pursuit of members of a group loyal to a notorious warlord, Malam Abba, who was confirmed by the Kaduna State Police Command in 2020 to be a member of the terrorist group Boko Haram .
Ibrahim Hassan, a resident of Damari, who fled the community, told the Daily Trust that the bandits stormed the area around 10 a.m. on Sunday, adding that many started fleeing upon hearing the resounding gunshots .
Daily Trust learned that a deadly clash took place on Friday between bandits and Malam Abba’s lieutenants in which several bandits were killed in the face-off.
A community source said it is suspected that the bandits who attacked Damari were on a revenge mission and deliberately attacked Damari because the community was under the protection of Malam Abba.
When contacted, Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer ASP Mohammed Jalige said he contacted the officer in charge of the area to liaise with other security guards in order to save the day.
Bandit activities persist in Kaduna despite ongoing military operations in the state and other northern areas to neutralize the criminals.