- Nine police officers have been killed in Kebbi state by armed bandits
- The terrorists also killed two members of a vigilante group in the community they invaded
- Not done, the criminals carted away livestock and foodstuff belonging to villagers after the attack
The Kebbi police command has confirmed the killing of nine of its personnel including a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) by armed bandits in Sakaba local government of the state.
Nafi’u Abubakar, the Kebbi state police command spokesman, said the officers were killed during a gun duel with the terrorists on Sunday, April 25.
Two local vigilantes and an unknown number of residents also lost their lives during the attack.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bandits attacked five villages namely Dankolo, Sakaba, Makuku, Dokar Kambari, and Kurmin Hodo.
A resident, Salisu Adamu, said:
“Bandits attacked our villages since around 8:00 a.m. They carted away thousands of cattle from Dankolo, Sakaba, Makuku, Dokar Kambari, and Kurmin Hodo villages and many food items as they came with more than 100 motorcycles, well-armed.
“They started shooting sporadically which prompted the village people to flee for safety in different directions.”
The criminals were, however, arrested by police operatives and the vigilante in the area.
On the same day, some students of the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi in Benue state were abducted by bandits.
The abduction which occurred late in the night has been confirmed by the school authorities.
Meanwhile, Niger state governor, Abubakar Bello, has disclosed that Boko Haram members were responsible for the attacks on communities in the state.
The governor said members of the terrorist group have taken over Kaure axis in Shiroro local government area in the state.
Bello said Boko Haram elements had hoisted their flag in Kaure axis, forcing women from communities around the areas to be members of the terrorist group.