Gwaska Massacre: Death Toll Hits 71, Emir Appeals For Vigilance
The death toll in the last weekend armed bandits’ attack on Gwaska Community
in Birnin-Gwari Local Government of Kaduna State has increased to 71, as more bodies were recovered from the town and surrounding environs.
This is coming as the Emir of Birnin-Gwari, Alhaji Zubairu Mai Gwari in a chat with PRNigeria commended the local vigilante groups and security agencies in the search and evacuation efforts, adding that more people are still missing.
The traditional ruler who also appealed to members of his community to be calm and exercise patience urged them to be more vigilant and cooperate with the security agencies towards tackling the menace of armed bandits in the area.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has visited Birnin-Gwari and Gwaska village today but he was not unable to address the survivors of the attack due to the resistance of the youth at Gwaska and Doka Village respectively.
Meanwhile, the Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance has urged the government to improve security measures and take control of Doka and Maganda districts from the grabs of the armed bandits.
In a statement, the group said that based on reliable information from the survivors of Gwaska there are speculations that Dogo Gide that killed Buharin Daji renegades is planning to attack other villages and towns soon.
The group said: “We are calling on the authorities based on reliable information from the survivors of Gwaska attack, that, Dogo Gide that killed Buharin Daji renegades are planning to attack other villages and towns.
“We pray that God will not allow them. While commending the gallant vigilantes and volunteers as well as security agencies for their sterling performance in the rescue and evacuation of casualties, we are appealing for all peace loving people of Birnin-Gwari to be on alert and report suspicious persons and movements to the security agencies.”
The Kaduna state government and President Muhammadu Buhari have reacted to the dastardly attacks in Birnin-Gwari axis.
In a statement signed by Governor El-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, said that the President Muhammadu has approved the establishment of a permanent Battalion of the Nigerian Army in the Birnin Gwari general area.
The creation of a Birnin Gwari Police Area Command and two new Divisional Police Headquarters have also been announced by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
The statement read, “The Kaduna State Government 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.
“The engagements between the State and Federal Governments have yielded results. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a permanent Battalion of the Nigerian Army in the Birnin Gwari general area.
“The new security arrangements also involve Policing. The Inspector General of Police has already announced the creation of the Birnin Gwari Police Area Command and two new Divisional Police Headquarters.
“The State Emergency Management Agency has also been directed to provide relief materials with immediate effect to the affected communities.”
Armed bandits on Saturday massacred scores of people in Gwaska village in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.
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