At least 14 people have been slain in assaults across villages in the Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto State. The attacks took place throughout the state.
After President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the relocation of additional military weapons to the states in order to combat insecurity, a few hours later, the terrorists attacked.
The incident, according to a resident of Sabon Birni who verified it, took place on Tuesday night when bandits infiltrated certain villages in the Unguwan Lalle area.
Their victims included one Abdullahi Usman from Unguwan Lalle town, nine from Tsangerawa village, and four from Tamindawa village, according to him.
Furthermore, they opened fire on a commercial truck in Gajid village where they killed three civilians, including the driver, and injured another.
Currently, five more passengers have been taken to a hospital for treatment for gunshot wounds.
In addition, three people from the hamlet were said to have been kidnapped by the bandits.
Eventually, the victims were freed when an arrangement was reached that the residents would pay a N2 million levied within a few days.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kamaluddeen Okunlola, however, said that the assailants were responsible for the deaths of eight people.
In an interview with the Daily Trust, the Commissioner said that “they assaulted several isolated communities that were inaccessible owing to terrible road conditions.” But, with the grace of God, we will be able to capture them. We are currently working on these.
In addition, he said that “even last night, Mr. President ordered for additional military equipment to be sent to Sokoto.”
Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has verified the death of one of its drivers who was involved in a rescue operation in the Running Sambo area, according to a statement.
The command’s spokesperson, Hamza Adamu Illela, said that the officer (whose identity has been concealed) was not slain by bandits.
We got a distress call that some miscreants were assaulting a home in the vicinity, and our guys reacted promptly, but our driver was shot and killed in the process, according to the captain.