- A policeman has been killed in Sokoto after a bloody ambush on a police team in the state
- The incident happened in the Runjin Sambo area of Sokoto South local government area of the state
- Sokoto is beginning to witnessing bandits attack after weeks of coordinated attacks in neighbouring states
One police officer has been killed by armed bandits at Runjin Sambo area of Sokoto South local government area of Sokoto state.
According to a report by Leadership Newspaper, the bandits numbering about 20 were sighted on motorbikes close to the premises of Usmanu Danfodio University main campus at about 1:45 am On Tuesday, May 11.
They were reported to have later abandoned their motorbikes and moved on foot close to a mosque around a hospital in the area where a sizable number of Muslim faithful gathered for tahajjud prayer.
According to sources quoted in the report, a police patrol van moved close to the scene of the incident during their routine patrol and the bandits on sighting the police opened fire on the patrol van and killed one police officer.
Residents said the rest of the police in the patrol team chased the bandits and open fire on them, but none of the bandits was hit as all of them escaped.
Vanguard quoted some of the residents as saying it is not clear if the bandits actually targeted the faithful praying the mosques.
The report noted that the police is yet to confirm the report which occurred in the early hours of the day.
Recall that armed bandits, on Wednesday, May 5 shot dead a policeman in Ogun state and abducted his colleague and three others.
The incident happened at Ibara-Orile in Abeokuta North local government area of the southwest state.
Meanwhile, there was tension recently in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja over rumours of bandits settling in the outskirts of the Nigerian capital.
The Nigerian capital is surrounded by states who have witnessed consistent attacks by bandits and terrorists in their domain.
Already, parents and guardians in Abuja, particularly, Bwari Area Council, have started withdrawing their wards en masse from schools over the build-up of hundreds of suspected bandits in Sabon-Wuse, a border town with Niger state.