At least seven people, including two members of a vigilante group, have lost their lives after suspected bandits opened fire at a weekly Galadimawa Market in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Wednesday.
The Kaduna State Government confirmed the attack in a statement sent to DAILY NIGERIAN on Thursday, saying the bandits sneaked into the market around 4pm and opened fire.
“The Kaduna State Government has been informed that several armed bandits were neutralized at the outskirts of Galadimawa in Giwa local government area of Kaduna State,” a statement by the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs said.
“The armed bandits were neutralized after they attacked the weekly Galadimawa Market on Wednesday evening, where two vigilantes and five citizens lost their lives.
“According to the security report, the armed bandits sneaked into the market around 4pm and opened fire on the vigilantes, in the process killing the following operatives: Yusuf Magaji Iyatawa and Dabo Bafillace.
“While escaping, the bandits killed the following five citizens: Danjuma Haladu, Shuaibu Isyaku, Isyaku Adamu, Shehu Dalhatu and Musa Haruna Kerawa.
“A commercial trailer driver, one Alhaji Yusuf Tumburku who had just loaded 330 bags of maize belonging to a trader, Alhaji Hamza Ungwan Lalle Giwa, had his vehicle and the grains burnt to ashes. One other car was burnt by the armed bandits.
“The security agencies comprising the police and troops gave the armed bandits a hot pursuit while they escaped out of the general area.
“The armed bandits who were on about 15 motorcycles met their end in the hands of aggressive fighting air platforms which engaged them and subsequently neutralized several of them.
“The ground troops are still carrying out clearance operations in the Galadimawa and Kidandan general areas.”
The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has sent condolences to the families that lost their loved ones and commended the military and police for neutralizing the armed bandits.
The governor charged locals in the Galadimawa and Kidandan general areas of Giwa local government to continue to volunteer useful information to the government and security agencies.