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General News of Thursday, 18 November 2021

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Bandits kill 57 in Sokoto in two days

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Fifty-seven people have been killed in Sokoto State in two days as bandits went on a rampage, Daily Trust reports.

The death toll from Sunday and Monday’s attacks in Goronyo Local Government Area of the state increased to 43 from 15, while 14 others were killed Tuesday in attacks across communities in Sabon Birni LGA of the state.

The latest attack during which 14 people were killed took place a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the deployment of more military hardware to the state to tackle insecurity.

A resident of Sabon Birni, who confirmed the attacks, said bandits invaded some villages in Unguwan Lalle District at night on Tuesday.

According to him, they killed one Abdullahi Usman at Unguwan Lalle, nine at Tsangerawa village and four at Tamindawa.

“They also opened fire on a commercial vehicle at Gajid village, resulting in the deaths of three persons, including the driver,” he said.

Five other passengers, who sustained gunshot injuries, were currently receiving treatment in a hospital, the source said.

The bandits were also said to have abducted three persons in the village.

The victims were later released after an agreement that the locals would pay the N2 million levy within a few days.

However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Kamaluddeen Okunlola, said eight persons were killed by the attackers.

In an interview with Daily Trust, the commissioner said, “They attacked some remote villages that are not accessible due to bad road. But by the grace of God, we are going to get them. We are going after them.”

Our correspondent recalled that during a raid starting from Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning, 13 people were killed in Illela, a town bordering the Niger Republic and two were killed in Goronyo, 76 km east of Sokoto.

But the figure increased to 43 yesterday when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was briefed during a condolence visit to Illela.

Governor Tambuwal had earlier described the attackers as “Bandits graduating into terrorists”, while President Buhari condemned the attack and said the military was deploying advanced technology to track down attackers.

In an interview with Daily Trust, the commissioner said, “They attacked some remote villages that are not accessible due to bad road. But by the grace of God, we are going to get them. We are going after them.”

Our correspondent recalled that during a raid starting from Sunday night into the early hours of Monday morning, 13 people were killed in Illela, a town bordering the Niger Republic and two were killed in Goronyo, 76 km east of Sokoto.

But the figure increased to 43 yesterday when Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was briefed during a condolence visit to Illela.

Governor Tambuwal had earlier described the attackers as “Bandits graduating into terrorists”, while President Buhari condemned the attack and said the military was deploying advanced technology to track down attackers.

In a statement on Wednesday signed by the media aide of the governor, Muhammad Bello, Tambuwal during the visit to Illela town described the attacks as “upsetting”.

He said, “This is not a small occurrence…This incident really touched us.”

He, however, commended the local government authorities, monarchs and community leaders for lawfully organising a volunteer group working in tandem with the security operatives in the area.

He appealed to them not to be daunted by the recent attack. “Instead, it should motivate you all to redouble your efforts, without seeking revenge, in securing your communities,” he said. The governor assured them of sustained government assistance “whenever required”, while praying for the repose of the souls of the deceased.

Recall that the federal government had directed telecommunications blackout in parts of Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States, to turn the tide against bandits ravaging the North West.

But some experts are calling for a change of strategy because criminals were perpetrating more criminal activities including kidnapping for ransom and raping of women and children at a time locals were finding it difficult to call for support.

In October, gunmen killed at least 43 people in an attack in Goronyo as Sokoto of recent overtaken its neighbours in the frequency of reported attacks.

Tambuwal had recently observed that the military operatives in nearby Zamfara ought to have been holistic in their approach to tackling insecurity in the region, saying some of the bandits were relocating to his state.

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