At least 45 killed in Nigeria's village attack
- Shane Henry
According to the Kaduna State Police commissioner, Austin Iwar, while confirming the incident said that 45 villagers were killed by bandits in Birnin Gwari attack.
President Muhammadu Buhari, who seeks re-election in 2019, has come under fire for failure to fulfill his campaign promise to stem the violence across the country since being elected in 2015. We are grateful for all your commitments in resolving the plight of Birnin Gwari people.
The new Army Battalion and the Police Area Command are the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure more effective protection of lives and property in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa States.
The creation of a Birnin Gwari Police Area Command and two new Divisional Police Headquarters have also been announced by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
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Kaduna police, in its statement, said it has taken cognizance of the murders and launched an operation to crackdown on the armed bandits involved in the crime.
"As a member of the state security council, I am in the know of federal and state government's commitments".
The bandits stormed Gwaska village around 2:30pm on Saturday, killing 45 people and setting many houses ablaze. "The government has sent a message of condolence to the people of Birnin Gwari Emirate", the statement said.
The attackers hit local miners on Saturday in the area.
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"The Federal Government has now approved a permanent army battalion in the area, instead of the previous ad-hoc deployments". Also the Armed bandits burnt down completely the village of about 3,000 inhabitants.
Other sources from the local vigilance groups said they were in Gwaska with the military at about 7pm but the commander asked the soldiers to retreat because of darkness. Also vigilantes make u-turn with handful of survivors and injured people.
Police spokesperson Mukhtar Aliyu told reporters in Kaduna city that no arrest has been made so far, but that the effort to arrest the killers has been intensified. But he never did up till the time of fi ling in this report.
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