The Kaduna State Police Command said no fewer than 17 vigilantes were
killed by armed bandits in Jan Ruwa Village in Birnin Gawri Local
Government of Kaduna State.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, confirmed
this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Kaduna.
Sabo disclosed that the police received information on March 12 at
about 11:45am that a group of armed bandits entered Jan Ruwa Village of
Birnin Gawri LGA and rustled many cows.
He added that “a team of vigilante group of the village who were
returning from a function in Zamfara State, got the information
mobilised and pursued the criminals into the deep forest, engaged the
bandits in serious gun duel, as a result of which some of the vigilante
men lost their lives.”
Sabo said a combined team of police mobile force, conventional police
and vigilante mobilised to the area for search and rescue mission.
He added that in the process, 15 dead bodies of the vigilante men were recovered, and additional two bodies later.
“This brings the total number of vigilante men who died to 17,” he disclosed.
The spokesman said the Commissioner of Police, Malam Ahmad
Abdurrahaman, condemned the killing of those patriots and vowed to
apprehend the perpetrators to face the consequences of their action.
“He condoled the families of these gallant citizens who volunteered
to assist security agencies in the protection of life and property of
”The CP assure members of the public that, the command has sent
detectives to the area and working hand in hand with other security
agencies to ensure timely arrest of the culprits,” he said.
He appealed to members of the public to assist police with relevant
information on any suspicious person or group to ensure effective crime
prevention in the state.