Five people have been by killed by bandits following attacks in communities in Igabi and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
However, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has assured that victory was around the corner in the nation's battle against insecurity.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed the attacks in a statement issued yesterday, stated that in Baka I and Baka II villages in Igabi LGA, four people were killed by bandits while one person killed was injured.
He listed those killed as Buhari Alhaji Halle, Nasiru Mai Ungwa Dari, Ali Nasiru and Iliya Idris.
The commissioner said further that in Sabanfan village, Zangon Kataf LGA, "security agencies reported the death of a herder in a counter-killing".
Aruwan said the security report indicated that, the herder, Kaminu Suleiman, was macheted to death by unknown assailants while grazing his herd at the location. According to Aruwan, troops responded to information of the attack and found the corpse of the victim bearing machete cuts, buried in the mud by the river bank.
The commissioner said the killing was the latest in a sequence of attacks and counter-attacks following the recent killing of four people on Monday in Wawan Rafi II village, also in Zangon Kataf LGA.
The commissioner said, "These violent incidents have taken place against the backdrop of three community leaders who have been missing since March 21st 2021.
"They are: Ardo Pate Usman Kurmi (Wakilin Fulanin Atyap Chiefdom), Ardo Muhammadu Anchau and Yakubu Muhammadu".
He said Governor Nasir El-Rufai noted the reports with sadness, and prayed for the repose of those killed
He said, "The governor further noted with dismay the persistence of killings, counter-killings, and destruction of crops and livestock in the area, despite the sincerest efforts of the government, security agencies and traditional authorities.
"He reminded all parties of the importance of recourse to the law as the only solution to the bloodshed, a position held clearly and consistently since 2015.
"He stressed that government would nevertheless remain resolute in its efforts to restore peace and security to the general area."
Meanwhile, the General Overseer of the RCCG, Adeboye, has assured that victory was around the corner in the nation's battle against insecurity.
Adeboye, who stated this when he paid a courtesy call on El-Rufai in Kaduna yesterday, assured that prayers were ongoing for the nation's deliverance.
He said: "We know that you have a problem that only God can solve. The problem is far beyond the abilities of any human being. We have known each other for years. I know the kind of person you are. I know you are tender-hearted.
"I know how you definitely must be feeling, particularly when the kidnappings are going on. "When they begin to kidnap school children, I know how you must be feeling."
He however assured him: "Victory is around the corner. We are praying for you and I believe God is going to answer the prayers.
"I am assuring you sir that the Almighty God is going to fight for you. He is going to fight for Kaduna State, He is going to fight for Nigeria."
He added: "When God begins to do what He alone can do, then the world will see it and they will glorify the name of God, and many people who might be criticizing you now, will probably see the other side of the story."
In his remark, the El-Rufai commiserated with the RCCG family over the recent abduction of some pastors and parishioners in Kaduna State.
He said: "This country needs divine intervention more than at any time in its history. So, we are grateful for your prayers, we are grateful for your blessings, and we will continue to ask for more.
"RCCG has been a pillar of strength; a symbol of Nigeria's unity and positive force for peace and progress in the state. And we are very grateful with the contributions that they have made. Our state needs your prayers, our state needs your blessings."