The killings resulted from banditry attacks in Kaduna and Benue, cultism in Bakassi, Cross Rivers State, and clash over prostitutes in Borno State.
Among those killed were five policemen in Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Ward Head, 80-year-old woman and two others in another attack by bandits in Kaduna, four by cultists in Bakassi, three by members of the late outlaw, Gana, in Benue State who also razed houses and six, including a soldier, who died from a clash over prostitutes in Borno State and a Catholic priests in Niger State.
Four policemen were also killed by bandits in Niger State, while one policeman is still missing in the attack.
In the first bandits’ attack in Kaduna which claimed lives of five policemen, the policemen were said to have been killed in Farinuwa area, near Giwa Local Government Area.
Spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the killing, said the command will soon issue a statement on the issue.
However, chairman of Birni-Gwari Emrate Progressive Union, BEPU, Barrister Salisu Haruna, who also confirmed the killing, said the policemen were on routine duty when they were attacked by the bandits.
“We salute the courage and resilience of the Nigerian Police Force in the fight against banditry, kidnapping and other crimes within the Birnin-Gwari general area and adjoining forests.
“Our heartfelt condolences on behalf of Birnin-Gwari Emirate to the families of the five slain police personnel, the Inspector-General of Police, the Commissioner of Police, Kaduna State Command and the Government and people of Kaduna for this irreparable loss.
We equally hope and pray for the victory of Police over criminals and would like to assure the Police and other security personnel that as the stanza of our national anthem says: ‘The labour of our heroes past, Shall never been in vain.’
80-yr old woman, others killed in Kaduna
In another attack, bandits killed an 80-year-old woman, ward head and others at Sharu village in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this yesterday, said the armed bandits invaded the village and raided several homes.
He said the sporadic shooting by the bandits resulted in Hauwa Umaru, 80, being hit by a stray bullet which killed her instantly.
He said bandits also killed one Samaila Yohanna, the ward head of Konti, and two others, including Alhaji Sani and Malam Dande in Chikun Local Government Area.