Tension hits Zamfara as hundreds of gunmen pass through villages

Tension hits Zamfara as hundreds of gunmen pass through villages

- Some bandits on Tuesday, October 1, were said to have invaded communities in Zamfara state

- The bandits - numbering over 500 - moved on a convoy with their motorbikes

- The also stopped over to refuel their bikes, looted shop owners in the filling station before giving cash gifts to residents

On Tuesday, October 1, there was risen tension as hundreds of gunmen were said to have crossed through Anka and Maru local government area in Zamfara state.

The gunmen, Premium Times reports were numbered in their hundreds and all dressed in Nigerian military uniform.

They were also said to have invaded the communities in the area, looting shop owners before leaving to their base in Niger state.

Sources within the local government areas the bandits numbering over 500 moved in a convoy around the communities.

They were also said to have succeeded in robbing a fuel station, repaired their motorbikes before leaving the area.

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Also, a Twitter user, @ZamfaraYLIGG, said although the bandits did not hurt any member of the communities, they made a stop to refuel their bikes.

Zamfara Youth LIGG also said one of the leaders of the bandits gave out N20,000 as 'cash gifts' to traders who were robbed in the process.

According to the Twitter user, some of the bandits were still spotted around Anka junction in Zamfara state wilding their weapons.

In his reaction the spokesperson for the Zamfara police command, Muhammad Shehu said the group had no link with Boko Haram or any other deadly groups operating in the north.

Shehu said the group were some of the repentant ones making their way through the communities to Birnin Gwari area of Kaduna state.

”It was some repentant bandits who were passing through the area to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state," Shehu said.

He also noted that the group was attending a meeting on how to possibly deal with some unrepentant bandits among them.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that over 40,000 Nigerians have left the northeast region to take refuge in Niger Republic.

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These Nigerians were said to have taken to their heels from the home country to Niger over constitent attacks by insurgents in the region.

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Source: Legit.ng

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