Seven personal of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have been reportedly killed in an ambush by bandit
s in Birnin Gwari LGA, Kaduna state.
There were conflicting versions of how the incident happened.
Sources in the Kaduna command of the NSCDC, said the victims were ambushed on Monday while escorting an expatriate to a mining side in Birnin Gwari LGA.
The source said, “eight personnel were assigned to provide security cover to the expatriate to a mining area in when they were ambushed by a large number of bandits.
“Seven of them were killed on the spot while one person was critically injured. Both the injured and the corpses of those killed were brought to Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital, Kaduna.
“I don’t have any information about the expatriate. The bandits were many so our men were overwhelmed.”
However, when contacted, Oga Badamashi, spokesperson of the Kaduna command of the NSCDC, said the command will give details of the incident tomorrow.
“We have nothing to report for now, we will give you details tomorrow once it is ready,” Badamashi said in a telephone chat.
Another version of the incident had it that the bandits invaded two communities in Birnin Gwari and killed scores of personnels of the NSCDC, police, soldiers and some members of the vigilante at a check point on Sunday .
Abubakar Kakangi, a resident of the area said the affected communities are Kubau village and unguwan Zakara village.
He said the bandits had an agreement with the locals on where the locals are allowed to farm.
According to him, the bandits usually passed through the villages to sell stolen cows which the security personnel are not happy with.
By John Shiklam in Kaduna