The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan has revealed that 830 persons were kidnapped and 210 were injured by bandits during the period under review in the state.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper correspondent in Kaduna reports that Samuel who made the revelation on Wednesday while presenting the third quarter security report to the State Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai also disclosed that 69 bandits were equally killed by troops within the period under review.
The commissioner also revealed that about 343 persons were killed by bandits in the state in the third quarter of 2021.
The Daily Vendor Newspaper recalled that the second quarter security report presented by the Kaduna State Government, covering April, May and June 2021, showed that 222 persons were killed and about 774 people kidnapped by the bandits.
Though, the figures show a drop in the rate of killing and kidnapping, the disturbing trend is however the mass abduction of school children and the revelation by the government that the bandits now charge levies to allow farming communities in 12 local government areas of the state permission to cultivate their farms.
According to the security report presented by Aruwan, banditry has hampered farming activities, threatened education and healthcare delivery and led to near total collapse of economy in the frontline areas.