More than 17 people, were killed in clashes with cattle thieves in northwest Nigeria, police said on Friday.
Armed bandits attacked Jan Ruwa village in the Birnin Gwari district of Kaduna state and stole livestock, leading to clashes with a militia force that lesd to the death of several people and many more where injured.
Kaduna state police spokesman Yakubu Sabo said the bandits took away “many cows” but the vigilantes fought them to try to reclaim the stolen herd.
“In the process, the bodies of 15 vigilantes and two others were recovered,” he added in a statement.
The Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state has recently turned,over the years to become notorious for cattle rustling and kidnapping for ransom, forcing the locals to taketo their heels for their lives and safety.
Armed Gangs are known to roam on motorbikes hunting for victims.Kidnap victims are often released within days if the ransom is paid but residents say they can be killed if no money is forthcoming, and their bodies dumped in the bush.
This attacks in farming communities is one of a number of security issues faced by The Nigerian goverment. still government is carrying out some security measures to curb the trend,and protect lives and property.
Amnesty International last year said communities in Zamfara were “at the mercy” of armed bandits who had killed at least 371 people in the first six months of 2018.