The Police in Zamfara, on Saturday, said 29 people were killed by suspected armed bandits in Shinkafi Local Government Area of the state.
The Police spokesperson, Muhammad Shehu, told newsmen that the victims, in a convoy of vehicles conveying traders from Shinkafi market on their way back to Kwari village in Shinkafi Local Government Area on February 28, were ambushed by the armed bandits.
“On 28th February, 2019 at about 2345hrs, a divisional Police officer (DPO) in charge of Shinkafi received a distress call that on the same date that vehicles conveying traders from Shinkafi to Kwari village were ambushed by suspected armed bandits while coming back from Shinkafi Market.
“The Police quickly responded by leading a Joint team of PMF/CTU and Military to the scene of the incident with a view to ascertaining the authenticity of the report and take action that will restore normalcy in the area and its environs and further arrest the perpetrators of the dastardly act,” the Spokesman stated.
He stated further that, on getting to the scene, 13 corpses were found, while 16 other corpses, mostly members of civilian JTF were later discovered littered as the surrounding bush was combed by the joint security operatives.
He also said normalcy has been restored in the area, following an improved deployment of Joint Police and military personnel to the area, to complement the existing security emplacement.
“The Commissioner of Police in Zamfara Celestine Okoye, while condoling the government and people of Zamfara state over the unfortunate incident assures all residents of the state that the Police will continue to collaborate and partner with other security Agencies and all relevant stakeholder to ensure security, safety and peace of Zamfara State at all times.
“Members of the public are enjoined to continue to support the security agencies in their efforts to rid the state of criminal elements,” Mr. Shehu said.
Also, gunmen have killed six persons and injured eight when they attacked Sabon Sara Village in Kidandan of Giwa Local Govt Area of Kaduna State.
It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the village at about 1.30am on Saturday in their efforts to kidnap one Alhaji Na Sidi a seasoned farmer in the village according to our source who pleaded anonymity.
He said the gunmen who failed to kidnap the farmer, however, abducted his wife but luck ran out of them when the community responded in time and rescued her from them.
Our source said the hoodlums then opened fire on the villagers thereby killing six persons on the spot, while eight persons sustained injuries from gunshots.
Source gave the names of the deceased persons as Ibrahim Bakanike, Lawal S/Pawa, Lawal Belo, Tukur Bilyaminu Kafinta and Ummaru Abdullahi Mai Rake and Fatima Ahmad.
As at the time of filing this report, the survivors of the attack were taken to Kauran Wali Clinic in Zaria for treatment. All the deceased have since been buried according to Islamic rites.
When contacted the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Sabo Yakubu could not confirm the incident.