Nigeria, May 6 -- The Kaduna State government says the persons intercepted by the military in Tafa village in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state were not bandits but harmless migrating herders.

According to the government, the herders were moving from Dobi in Gwagwalada (FCT) and Gawu-Babangida, Lambata (Niger State) to their original stations in Jos and Bauchi.

The state commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, made the clarification in a statement on Thursday.

This followed anxiety in the state that the herders were a new group of bandits moving into Kaduna.

Mr Aruwan said security operatives moved to the area after receiving distress calls from citizens on the movement of armed bandits in the ...