The Kebbi State Government has confirmed that bandits murdered some soldiers in a gunfight in the state’s Zuru emirate.
The troops were killed a day after 63 members of the vigilante group known as Yan-Sa-Kai were slain in the Zuru emirate.
The state governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, said this on Wednesday in Birnin Kebbi, when he met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
Although the governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the Claim Government (SSG), Umar Babale Yauri, did not specify the number of soldiers slain, he did state that his government was working feverishly to address the insecurity plaguing the state’s southern region.
“In reality, we’ve lost roughly 65 vigilantes members in the last three days,” he stated. Even yesterday, we lost a few military commanders who were assisting them.
“Banditry was formerly a minor concern in Kebbi, but in light of the current situation in Zamfara, the bandits are facing a significant military challenge and have been obliged to come into Kebbi, particularly the southern half of the state.”
In response, the Minister stated that he was in the state on President Muhammadu Buhari’s direction to express condolences to the government and people of Kebbi State over the recent killings of vigilante members in the state.
According to Onyeama, the President advised the state to remain steadfast in dealing with the banditry’s issues.
“There will be no retreat,” he stated, adding that “we will not be limited by the challenges of banditry and terrorism in the northern states.”