During a gun battle in Kanya village, Danko-Wasagu district, Zuru emirate, Kebbi State, bandits killed 13 soldiers and five policemen.
The fighting erupted in the village on Tuesday, March 8, just days after 63 members of the vigilante group known as Yan-Sa-Kai were massacred in Zuru emirate.
“The death toll currently stands at 19. “There are 13 soldiers, five police officers, and one vigilante,” a security guard who did not want to be identified said “AFP was told by a security source and residents.
He stated that eight other security personnel, including four soldiers, had been hospitalized with injuries.
“It was a fierce battle that lasted more than three hours.” Because of their sheer numbers, the terrorists had the upper hand.”
According to Musa Arzika, a local resident, the attackers arrived on “around 200 motorcycles riding three on each” and laid siege to the village.
“The bodies of 13 soldiers, five police officers, and one vigilante were taken to Zuru this morning. “We believe they were the same bandits who assassinated the vigilantes who attacked our village,” he explained.
The attack was confirmed by Kebbi State Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu on Wednesday when he met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama in Birnin Kebbi, according to Daily Trust.
Although the governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Umar Babale Yauri, did not specify the number of soldiers killed, he did state that his administration is working feverishly to address the insecurity plaguing the state’s southern region.
“In fact, we’ve lost about 65 vigilante members in the last three days.” Even yesterday, we lost some military officers who were assisting them.”
“Banditry was formerly a minor issue in Kebbi, but in light of what is currently happening in Zamfara, the bandits are facing a serious challenge from the military and are therefore forced to enter Kebbi, particularly the southern part of Kebbi.”
In his response, the Minister stated that he was in the state at President Muhammadu Buhari’s request to express condolences to the government and people of Kebbi State over the recent killing of vigilante members in the state.
According to Onyeama, the President urged the state to be firm in dealing with the challenges of banditry.
“There will be no retreat, and we will not be constrained by the threats of banditry and terrorism in the northern states.”