Kaduna State’s 2021 third quarter security report puts the number of deaths due to terrorism at 343 persons, with Southern Kaduna Senatorial District (SKSD) having the highest at 193 (56.27 per cent).
The report was presented on Wednesday, Oct. 20, by Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs at the Council Chambers of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria.
Deaths caused by terrorists
SKSD is made up of Jaba, Jema’a, Kachia, Kagarko, Kaura, Kauru, Singapore, and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas (LGA). Zangon Kataf LGA tops the list in the state with 114 recorded deaths.
Kaduna Central Senatorial District (KCSD), which includes Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi, Kaduna North, Kaduna South, and Kajuru, follows with 130 deaths (37.90 per cent).
The Northern Senatorial District has the least deaths at 20 (5.83 per cent). It comprises of Ikara, Kubau, Kudan, Lere, Makurdi, Sabon Gari, Soba, and Zaria LGAs.
Abductions and rape
Recorded cases of kidnappings by terrorists, locally called ‘bandits,’ are 830 statewide with the highest being 732 persons (88.19 per cent) in Kaduna Central. Birnin Gwari and Chikun LGAs alone have 368 cases in the zone, making them the highest in the state.
There are 51 recorded incidents in Southern Kaduna, and 47 in Kaduna North.
Cases of rape recorded are 10 in the state, with Kaduna North being the highest at five, Kaduna Centra has three, and Southern Kaduna has two.
Victims of attacks
There are, however, victims injured as a result of banditry, violent attacks, reprisals, and communal clashes.
Kaduna Central tops the list of recorded incidents at 122 persons (58.10 per cent), followed by Southern Kaduna at 67 (31.90 per cent), and Kaduna North at 21 (10 per cent).
Cattle rustled between July and September are up to 1,018, with an outstanding number of 780 (76.62 per cent) in Kaduna Central compared to Kaduna North’s 228 (22.40 per cent), and Southern Kaduna 10 (0.98 per cent).
The ‘bandit’ economy
Aruwan pointed out that the terrorists “now invest” by operating a system where they buy motorcycles for informants, and share ransom to different gangs based on their participation in an attack.
Also, according to further intelligence reports, apart from sources of their revenue which include ransoms for hostages, there are those from sales of rustled cattle, profits from arms trade, leasing of weapons to other criminal groups for a share of proceeds, protection levies, and recruitment of informants who “manage businesses on behalf of bandits and remit profits.”
He warned that law abiding citizens are likely to be kidnapped when they don’t take buses at parks and use roadside vehicles whose drivers may be working with terrorists.
Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, assured that he would push for the declaration of ‘bandits’ as terrorists, pointing out that not being proscribed makes it difficult for the military to be deployed as it should.
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