Bandits kill 15 as military denies attack on Kaduna airport


Bandits have invaded Hayin Kanwa village in Giwa council of Kaduna State, killing 15 people.

A resident of the community, Alhaji Mohammed Buwala, told journalists that the attack was carried out on Sunday night, adding that the dead were buried early yesterday.

He said, “Killings and kidnapping in Giwa are getting out of hand. People are being killed and kidnapped daily. The situation is terrible because 15 more people were killed at Hayin Kanwa just yesterday (Sunday) night by bandits.

“Since Thursday, these bandits have been attacking villages, killing people,” he said.

Police spokesman Muhammed Jalige did not pick calls to his phone to confirm the incident.

The military authorities yesterday cleared the air on the reported attack on the Kaduna International Airport by bandits, saying the incident happened about six kilometers away from the terminal.

The military said 12 of the bandits were killed in airstrike.

Yesterday afternoon, the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan; Garrison Command 1 Division Nigerian Army, Brig-General Uriah Opuene and Air Force Base Commander, Air Commodore, Ademuyiwa Adedoyin led journalists to the attack scene.

Speaking at the scene, Brig-General Opuene said the international airport is protected, adding that bandits dare not attack it.

“As you can see, this place is about six kilometers away from the airport terminal. The bandits were only passing behind the airport perimeter fence when they saw the security man engaged by NAMA (Nigerian Airspace Management Agency) and fired at him. They just took advantage of that to pass a message that they have attacked the airport.

“There are several layers of security at the Airport, this is the first layer and even this first layer was not breached, because from the moment of hearing that shot, it took our men just about three minutes to get here from the next layer of security.

“On our arrival, the bandits were already running away, so we engaged them through the use of ground forces. Then we called for air strike and a helicopter was deployed and from the air report, about 12 of the bandits were killed.

So, as you can see from the distance, the insinuation outside that the terrorists took over the airport is not correct. If the terrorists had entered, they would have met us there,” he said.

Also speaking, NAF Base Commander, Air Commodore Adedoyin said security around the Airport general area has been beefed up since the security of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) was breached last year, adding that bandits dare not attack the Kaduna airport.

Aruwan said the state government was also engaging citizens in communities around the airport to scale up intelligence gathering, adding that there is no threat to the immediate vicinity of the airport.