The Kaduna State Government says a total number of 323 people were killed by bandits and 949 residents kidnapped between January and March 2021.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, made this known in a security report released on Friday at the end of State Security Council meeting held on Friday at the Government House in Kaduna, the state capital.
Aruwan, who noted that Governor Nasir El-Rufai presided over the meeting, presented the first quarter security report to the council.
The commissioner explained that of the 323 people killed by bandits during the period under review, 292 were males and 20 were females.
He added that a total of 949 people were kidnapped by bandits during the period, while Kaduna Central senatorial district accounted for 236 deaths within Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru Local Government Areas.
The commissioner, however, informed the council that some successes were recorded on the part of the security forces, including the killing of hundreds of bandits and recovery of many weapons.
In his opening remark, Governor El-Rufai decried the spate of kidnapping and banditry in Kaduna which he said was taking an alarming proportion.
He was worried that the situation was already getting out of hand and called for urgent measures to stem the tide of insecurity in the state.
The governor also raised an alarm that the bandits operating in the state were inching closer from rural communities to the cities, where they have attacked innocent citizens in recent times with utmost boldness.
According to him, there is a need to allay the sense of fear and lack of confidence in security agencies through prompt operations to restore security in Kaduna.
Kaduna, like other states in the country, is still grappling with the challenges of banditry and kidnapping which have claimed many lives with socioeconomic activities threatened.
A recent wave of deadly attacks in some parts of the state has created tension and anxiety among the citizens and even the government.