Trace Reporters –This was contained in a report by Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government of the state.

Disclosing the figure on Friday, during the 1st quarter of the year’s security meeting held in Kaduna, the state’s Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said that 64 bandits were killed by troops, and many neutralized in several air operations in about 150 air missions carried out across the state.

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According to Aruwan, Kaduna Central was the most hit.The commissioner said, “Out of the 323 citizens killed, 292 were males; 20 females, and 11 minors. All the 236 deaths occurred in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, Giwa and Kajuru LGAs.

“Birnin Gwari recorded the highest figure of 77 deaths, followed by Chikun with 52; Igabi 45, Giwa 42 and Kajuru 20 deaths in the first quarter.

“Southern Kaduna Senatorial District had 68 deaths in total, of which 5 were women and two below the age of 18.”

He added that 3,289 animals were rustled across the state, explaining that out of that number, 2,919 occurred in Kaduna Central Senatorial zone.

In his response to the report, El-Rufai bemoaned the ever rising insecurity in the state and across the country. He promised that the government would overcome the troubles and come out stronger.

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