- Residents in Katsina state have disclosed that bandits in the state now dress as women in long robes to conceal their weapons
- The inhabitants of Kauyen Baidu Sabuwar Unguwar area of Kurfi town said they were recently attacked by bandits who disguised as women
- The bandits were said to have kidnapped two residents during the attack
Residents in Katsina state have disclosed that bandits and kidnappers in the state now dress as women in long robes to conceal their weapons.
The residents of Kauyen Baidu Sabuwar Unguwar area of Kurfi town said they were recently attacked by bandits who disguised as women wearing long gowns, popularly called Abaya and Hijab.
Daily Trust, citing accounts of eyewitnesses, reported that with the new approach, the bandits were able to evade detection by the community’s vigilante group.
Narrating how the last attack occurred, the residents of the town said about 20 bandits packed their motorcycles behind a hill at the outskirts of the community and walked down, covered in women attires around 9pm on Sunday, August 9.
The locals stated that bandits concealed their weapons underneath their clothes while darkness provided additional cover for their operations.
During that attack, the 11-year-old daughter of the Dean of Student Affairs at the Federal University, Dutsinma, Dr Muttaka Mamman was reportedly kidnapped alongside a mother of seven, Murja Umar, while another resident was shot in the leg.
Dr Mamman, the father of the 11-year-old girl said: “My son, Umar, was walking home from their aunt’s house with the girl that was abducted when she was whisked away. My son saw about 10 women with hijabs coming towards them and became suspicious. She tried to get away but one climbed into the balcony and took her away.”
He stated that they awaited communication from the bandits.
The chairman of the vigilante group, Nura Liman, who confirmed the incident, said they had learnt from the last attack and reviewed their operations, in line with the peculiar challenges.
“Henceforth, we have resolved that women must not be seen outside after 8 pm. They have to be indoors,” he said.
Meanwhile, troops of the special forces from the Nigerian Army have arrived Kaduna state to halt the killings in Southern Kaduna.
Channels TV reported that the troops arrived Sector 7, the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven ahead of their deployment to parts of the state.
The Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan who addressed the troops on their arrival charged them to take the battle to the bandits and ensure that peace and security are restored to Southern Kaduna.
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