- Gunmen reportedly attacked some policemen at a mining site in Zamfara state
- The gunmen killed one mobile policeman and abducted four of his colleagues
- The chairman of Anka local government area in Zamfara confirmed the attack
Some unidentified bandits have reportedly attacked a mining site in Anka local government area of Zamfara, killing one of the six mobile policemen on guard and abducting four of his colleagues.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that one of those who witnessed the incident, Salisu Lawali, said the bandits invaded the site situated in Sunke village.
After shooting sporadically, they allegedly disarmed the policemen, killing one of them in the process.
Lawali explained that the gunmen abducted the policemen to an unknown destination and released them the following day without their guns.
He said: “I don’t think there was any negotiation, because the abducted policemen just returned to the site unhurt, the only thing missing were their guns which they said were in the custody of their abductors.”
The chairman of Anka local government area, Alhaji Mustapha Gado, confirmed the attack saying that policemen were deployed to man the site.
“The divisional police officer of the local government told me that the officers were released but their rifles were still in the custody of the bandits.
“We have earlier ordered for the closure of all the goldmines, but the foreign expatriates can still be found because their machineries are stationed at the sites.
“We consulted the relevant authorities on the need to close down the sites and we got approval, we served them with quit notice but those operating the sites sourced for security operatives to man the sites for them,” he added.
The report said the police command in the state could not be reached for comments on the matter.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state on Tuesday, March 19, in Abuja raised alarm over stock piling of arms by bandits operating in the state.
Yari made this known while speaking with State House correspondents after he had updated President Muhammadu Buhari on the socio-political and security developments in the state.
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