Yusuf Idris, Kaduna
Suspected bandits terrorizing southern Kaduna have been arrested by security operatives.
The Sector Commander of Operation Safe Haven in Kafanchan, Colonel David Nwakonobi told newsmen on Tuesday.
He said the eight suspects were arrested at different locations with dangerous weapons in their possession during an operation by the task force.
Some of the items recovered from the suspects include locally fabricated pump action guns, locally made pistols, 9mm ammunition, machetes, and motorcycles.
One of the militiamen involved in the last attack in one of the communities was killed in a shootout and his corpse was discovered in Kibori village during a rescue operation by the troops, according to Colonel Nwakonobi.
He disclosed that the suspected bandits carried out several attacks in various villages across Southern Kaduna, which led to loss of lives and property with many others being displaced after the bandits ignited fires which engulfed many houses.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai on Tuesday, August 4, sought support from Traditional Rulers in the state over the recent killings in Southern Kaduna.
The Governor, in a meeting with Traditional Rulers from the three senatorial zones said there is need for all hands to be on deck towards bringing lasting peace to the troubled area and other parts of the state.
He also challenged the traditional rulers to fish out criminal elements within their domain.