The government in Kaduna State says an attack launched by security forces to neutralise bandits in the state unintentionally led to the partial destruction of a church.
State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, disclosed this in a statement, according to the Nigerian Tribune.
The government said an attempt to neutralise bandits terrorising Kabarasha village in Chikun Local Government Area of the state by security operatives was what partly destroyed the Assemblies of God Church.
There have been no reports of casualties following the unintended attack on the church.
Also, the state government will immediately embark on the repairs of the building, the statement said.
The government noted that the Airforce operation which occurred on Thursday and Friday was successful.
Aruwan commended the Nigerian military for mounting successful operations against bandits in Chikun, Igabi, Giwa, and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas and other locations.
The commissioner said that the operation “successfully neutralised many bandits in Chikun local government while working on other targets,” adding that the state government has been briefed.
The statement said that Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has “directed the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs to assess the situation and present a report so that the damage to the church can be repaired.
“The commissioner and his team are engaging critical stakeholders on the matter and will soon report progress to the governor,” the statement noted..
The statement said that combined military teams of Operation Thunder Strike, Operation Whirl Punch and Nigerian Air Force’s Operation Gama Aiki, comprising units from the Nigerian Air Force and Nigerian Army, are presently carrying out joint operations against armed bandits in the state.