The Kaduna State Government Thursday said herders sighted in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday were transiting and not bandits as reported.
The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, said: “Security agencies have confirmed to the Kaduna State Government that a group of migrating persons sighted around Tafa village in Kagarko LGA was a band of travelling herders.
“This followed several distress calls from citizens on the movement of perceived bandits in the Lambata-Kabbo area of Tafa village.
“In response to the reports, troops and police operatives were mobilised to the area for confirmation and possible engagement.
“The troops trailed the group to an open field at Toba village, Tafa, in Niger State.
“Upon confirmatory checks, it was discovered that they were herders transiting from Dobi in Gwagwalada (FCT) and Gawu-Babangida in Lambata (Niger State) going to their original stations in Jos and Bauchi.”