Kaduna: 9 killed as rival bandits fight over ransom sharing

The Kaduna State government, yesterday, said that two groups of bandits in Giwa Local Government Area of the State engaged each other in a gun duel over sharing of ransom, during which nine were killed.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

He said credible human intelligence networks informed the government of the development, which was further corroborated by security agencies.

According to him, intelligence sources had reported that a notorious bandit, known as ‘Godon Mota’, stormed Garke village  Wednesday last week with his gang and clashed with a rival bandit group, leading to the killing of nine members.

“The cause of the fratricidal face-off is yet unclear, but was said to revolve around a disagreement over sharing of accumulated ransoms, during which one of the groups felt cheated”, the statement said.

The Acting State governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, urged security agencies to sustain pressure towards apprehending criminal elements in the area.

Aruwan said that “investigations and security patrols are ongoing”.

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