Bandits kill Muslim leader, five farmers and abduct 40 villagers in Kaduna

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Six farmers, including Mallam Yakubu Bugai, the vice-chairman of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus-Sunnah, were slaughtered by bandits, and more than 40 people were kidnapped in Kaduna State’s Birnin Gwari Local Government Area.

Ishaq Kasai, the chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union, revealed this in a statement on Saturday, July 29, 2023. He stated that the incident took place on Wednesday.

The Islamic leader, according to Kasai, was shot on Wednesday at his farm in the Rema area. His body was afterwards evacuated and transported to Jibril Mai-Gwari General Hospital.

The following day, around 7.30 p.m., the cleric passed away after suffering gunshot wounds to his abdomen and arm.

The late Mallam Yakubu Bugai was a significant figure and Vice-Chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Orphans Foundation, an organization dedicated to caring for numerous orphans left behind by victims of armed banditry in the region plagued by insecurity, according to the statement.

The BEPU (Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union) leader also revealed that the bandits abducted many locals near the Kuyambana forest, which serves as their hideout.

“The Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives Union deeply mourns the loss of Mallam Yakubu Muhammad Bugai, the Vice-Chairman of Jama’atul Izalatul Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus-Sunnah, Birnin-Gwari Branch, along with three other farmers who were brutally killed by the murderous bandits that have been terrorizing the area.

Mallam Bugai was shot on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at his farm in the Rema area and was later taken to Jibril Mai-Gwari General Hospital with gunshot wounds on his abdomen and arm. Tragically, he passed away at 7:30 am the following day, Thursday, August 27, 2023.

In addition to this sorrowful incident, scores of locals were kidnapped in various rural communities such as Sabon-Layi, Kurgi, Yelwa, Tashan-Keji, Shiwaka, and Unguwan Danfulani, which are located in the western part of Birnin-Gwari and share boundaries with Kamuku and Kuyambana forests, known as the bandits’ hideouts.

The situation has become so widespread and complex that it is difficult to choose which incidents to report. The bandits have invaded people’s farms in these areas, and in the Sabon-layi Community alone, more than ten farms, especially those with mature maize crops, have been deliberately destroyed by the bandits’ cattle.

These heartless bandits have even threatened farmers, warning them not to waste their time going to their farms, as they will not be allowed to harvest and may even face death or abduction if they disobey.

On Friday, July 21, 2023, the bandits raided Ung Bawa in Randagi Ward, kidnapping 28 individuals, including women and children, and killing one person while injuring four, who are currently receiving medical treatment at various health facilities. Fortunately, 13 captives managed to escape from their captors.

On Tuesday, July 25, 2023, the bandits attacked Rafin Zango around Eka Farm, kidnapping two people who were on their way back from Birnin-Gwari town to Gagumi Community.

Additionally, on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, they invaded Unguwan Roka of Kakangi Ward, killing one person and abducting nine. On the same Thursday night (July 27, 2023), the bandits returned to a nearby community, Unguwan Danfulani, killing one person and kidnapping seven members from a single family.

Earlier on the same Thursday, July 27, 2023, the bandits blocked traders and grain suppliers who were on their way from the western part to the Birnin-Gwari weekly market, operating for about an hour and kidnapping six people.”

The statement highlights the dire security situation in the area and the distressing impact on the lives of innocent civilians.

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