The Kaduna State Government has revealed that bandits killed a total of 323 people and kidnapped 949 others between January and March 2021.
This was disclosed in a security report presented by Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in the state, Samuel Aruwan, at the state security council meeting.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai presided over the meeting which held on Friday at the Government House in Kaduna, the state capital.
Presenting the first quarter security report to the council, Aruwan explained that of the 323 people killed by bandits during the period under review, 292 were males and 20 were females.
The commissioner stated that a total of 949 people were kidnapped by bandits during the period, while Kaduna central senatorial district accounted for 236 deaths within Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru Local Government Areas.
He, however, informed the council that some successes were recorded on the part of the security forces, including the killing of hundreds of bandits and recovery of many weapons.
In his opening remark, El-Rufai decried the spate of kidnapping and banditry in the state, which he said is taking an alarming proportion.
The governor said he is worried that the situation is getting out of hand and called for urgent measures to stem the tide of insecurity in the state.
He also raised an alarm that the bandits operating in the state are moving closer to the cities where they attacked innocent citizens in recent times.
According to him, there is a need to allay the sense of fear and lack of confidence in security agencies through prompt operations to restore security in Kaduna.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Muri, and Commandant of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Uche Iyke, also briefed the council.
Both men stressed the need to secure schools from further attacks and tackle the menace of drug addiction and trafficking, which were identified as factors contributing to banditry.