In Mamande village in Gwadabawa local government in Sokoto State, gunmen believed to be members of the banned Yan Sakai vigilante group have murdered 11 people, including an Imam.
According to information obtained by our reporter, two people died at the scene and four others were transported to a hospital for treatment after being shot.
Malam Aliyu, an Imam in Salame, was conducting prayers at one of the city’s several mosques, according to reports. On Thursday at about 3:30 p.m., there was an incident.
The victims were reported to have traveled from several Fulani communities in the region to shop at the Mamande market on a weekly basis for food and other necessities.
As reported by Goronyo Local Government Area, the Yan Sakai rushed the market and attacked the victims they suspected of supporting banditry.
According to Abdullahi Riskuwa, an Imam’s brother, who was murdered since he had no criminal record, the killing was unfair. At Salame town, he was conducting prayers in one of our mosques since he was well-versed in religion.
‘His only transgression was his Fulani ethnicity.’ When he was murdered, Riskuwa said, Imam Aliyu had just returned from the market with some purchases when he was assassinated.
He said that children and members of the Yan Sakai tribe were among those murdered at the market. He urged the authorities to look into the incident and bring those responsible to justice.
A spokesman for the Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association’s state chairman could not be contacted for comment since his telephone number was unreachable when our reporter tried to call him.
Local government chief Aminu Aya acknowledged the assault and said the Yan Sakii were not Gwadabawa residents. He claims that the dead were taken to the morgue at the Specialist Hospital in Sokoto, where some of their families had gone to get their remains.
He did say, though, that life had returned to normal in the region.
A Sokoto Police Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, was reached and claimed he hadn’t been informed on the situation but promised to obtain further information and call back. At the time of writing this article, he had not, though.
Yan Sakai’s operations in the state have been restricted by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.