The death toll of the Saturday afternoon raid by suspected bandits at Gwaska in Birnin-Gwair Local Government Area of Kaduna State has risen from 27 to 45 on Sunday.
According to the Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, about 45 bodies were gathered by vigilantes and volunteers with the assistance of soldiers on Sunday afternoon.
The state governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, while condemning the brutal attack on the people of Birnin-Gwari, said a Battalion of the Nigerian Army would be stationed permanently in the area to the check the killings.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the governor, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, while speaking on behalf of the governor in a statement said the Governor expressed concern over the incessant banditry and has been engaging the Federal Government on the matter.
El-Rufai condoled with the people of the Birnin-Gwari Emirate Council, following fatal attacks on the people of the area.
Naija News understands that he ordered the State Emergency Management Agency to make relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.
“The Kaduna State Government has received with sadness reports of the murder of our citizens by armed bandits in Birnin Gwari. The government has sent a message of condolence to the people of Birnin Gwari Emirate.
“Kaduna State Government is deeply committed to overcoming the unfortunate criminality and banditry being carried out against innocent citizens in Birnin Gwari local government.” he said.