Over 50 killed as bandits attack five Sokoto villages

By AdvocateNews on 10/06/2019

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*Buhari condemns killings, commiserates with Tambuwal

Bandits struck in Rabah and Isa local governments areas of Sokoto State, in simultaneous and coordinated attacks on Saturday evening and killed over 50 people in five villages.

The victims were buried on Sunday according to Islamic rites.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the state and some other government functionaries attended the burial ceremony of about 25 of them in Rabah.

It was learnt that in the attack on the Isa Local Government Area, 25 people were killed while many others were injured.

A villager, Abdullahi Maiwada, who witnessed the attack on Sapiru village, told newsmen  that, “The bandits stormed Sapiru village, under the Tozai Ward in the Isa Local Government Area at about 5pm on more than 50 motorcycles on Saturday.

“They entered the town shooting sporadically. Eighteen people were killed instantly, while another seven later died. Fourteen of the victims are currently receiving treatment at the general hospital.

“Another two, who are in critical condition, have been moved to the Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto while another one is receiving treatment at the Orthopedic Hospital in Wamakko.”

Another villager from Tsage, who claimed he witnessed the attack but pleaded anonymity, said. “ In the Rabah Local Government, where Tambuwal attended the burial rites, 25 people from Kalfu, Tsage, Rakonni and Geeri villages were killed in another attack.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Assistant Superintendent of Police Sadiq Abubakar, who confirmed the attacks, said four suspects who were allegedly involved in the killings, had been arrested. He, however, did not give the causalty figure.

He said, “Four suspects have been arrested in connection with the weekend attacks, they are in our custody, and will sure help in our investigation.”

Another source hinted that a woman, pretending to be mad and was alleged to be the bandits’ informant, was among the four suspects in police custody.

Abubakar, however, declined to speak further on the gender of the suspects arrested.

“What matters to us is that we have been able to apprehend some suspects who will assist us in getting to the roots of those behind the attacks,” he said.

Meanwhile, Tambuwal, while condoling with the survivors, mandated the Sokoto Zakat committees in Isa and Rabah local government areas, to assist the internally displaced persons.

Tambuwal prayed to Allah to forgive the deceased all their sins.

He stated, “I appeal to the security agencies to redouble their efforts towards containing the menace. Though, based on the constitution, provision of security is the responsibility of the Federal Government, the state government will continue to support security agencies in the discharge of their duties.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the killings.

A Presidency statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Mr Garba Shehu, said Buhari was alarmed by the development.

It said, “The President, who was briefed about the incident and the arrests so far made by the police, condoles with Governor Aminu Tambuwal and the people of the state over the tragic incident.

“President Buhari strongly condemns all acts of violence and terrorism against innocent Nigerians, reiterating that perpetrators and sponsors of such dastardly acts would be held accountable under the law.”

Posted 10/06/2019 04:19:19 AM

 

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