At least forty people have been killed after several armed bandits stormed Janruwa community, Maganda district of B/Gwari local government area of Kaduna state on Saturday. It has been reported that majority of the casualties are local farmers, miners and traders of the village.
“In a cruel and inhuman manner, the bandits burnt many of their victims beyond recognition,” said a security source that preferred not to be named. Other witnesses report that the shooting started at 12:45pm after the assailants surrounded the community. The bodies of the casualties were being recovered and deposited at Jibril Maigwari General Hospital so the total casualty figure may still increase. “The casualty figure may rise as security men and volunteers are on their way to Janruwa village close to old B/Gwari along present B/Gwari-Funtua road,” said a resident, Jibrin Alkali.
It has been reported that more than ten people have been admitted at the B/Gwari general hospital for treatment of their gunshot wounds while three others have been referred to Kaduna because of the degree of injuries suffered. One of the residents disclosed that the attackers may have done the operation as a revenge mission on the killings of their gang members by local vigilantes.
The residents of the region have reached out to the federal and state government for intervention. The senator representing the Kaduna Central senatorial constituency, Sen. Uba Sani has been calling for intervention for several months as the region has been overrun by armed bandits leaving the residents to flee their homes. The Kaduna State Command of the Nigerian Police Force was contacted for information on the ongoing investigation.
The commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar disclosed that ten people were murdered in the attack. “So far ten persons are dead, thirteen injured out of which six are hospitalized in B/Gwari and seven rushed to Kaduna for treatment. We are still investigating the remote and immediate cause of this attack,” the commissioner said.
The Kaduna State government explained that they were still receiving reports of the incident and would issue an official statement in due time. “The area is now calm. We sympathize with people of the area over the incident,” Mr Aruwan added.