The building of the Holy Family Catholic Church, and two homes, in Kikwari village, Kajuru Local Government Area

of Kaduna state,  have been razed by armed bandits.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs,Samuel Aruwan,said on Sunday that locals fled the area on receiving information that some bandits were sighted outside the village.

“On getting to the location, the armed bandits set ablaze the place of worship and the two houses,” he said.

Receiving the report, Governor El-Rufai commiserated with the community, and condemned the burning of the place of worship and two houses by armed bandits, assuring them that the government under his watch will continue to work hard in the fight against banditry and other crimes.

He charged worshipers to remain strong in their faith and devotion, and see it as an act perpetrated by enemies of peace, humanity and diversity who will not succeed but will be defeated by the grace of God.

The Governor has directed the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency to urgently assess the damage done and take appropriate action.

Aruwan added that security agencies will sustain patrols in the area.