Sokoto Killing: 30-Year-Old Widow Reveals How She Watched Helplessly as Bandits Burnt Her Mum, 4 Kids to Death

Sokoto Killing: 30-Year-Old Widow Reveals How She Watched Helplessly as Bandits Burnt Her Mum, 4 Kids to Death

  • One of the survivors of the recent Sokoto attack, Shafa’atu, has recalled how she lost her mother and four kids
  • Shafa’atu, a widow, said she watched helplessly as the heartless bandits burned her children and mother to death during the attack which occurred on Monday, December 6
  • The survivor is currently recuperating at a hospital while the remains of her lost loved ones have been buried

Sokoto - Shafa’atu, a 30-year-old widow has disclosed how she watched her mother, four children and other relatives burn to death during the attack on a commercial vehicle by bandits in Sokoto on Monday, December 6.

The woman was travelling to Kaduna with her children, mother, immediate younger brother, a niece and nephew, when they came under attack by bandits along Sabon Birni-Isa road, Daily Trust reported.

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Sokoto Killing: 30-Year-Old Widow Says Bandits Burnt Her Mum, 4 Kids to Death
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Thursday, December 9, visited Sabon Birni town to condole the victims of the dastardly attacks by bandits. Photo credit: Sokoto State Governor's Office
Source: Facebook gathers that Shafa’atu is currently at a hospital where she is recuperating from burns sustained from the attack.

According to her, there were 33 elderly persons and many children in the vehicle when it was attacked by armed men believed to be loyal to Bello Turji, a notorious bandits’ kingpin terrorising the eastern part of Sokoto.

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Her words:

“They kept firing at our vehicle until it somersaulted three times and burst into flames. Only me and one other passenger miraculously came out of the bus but the other passenger later died from gunshot injuries.
“I lost my four children, three girls who were grown up and my 10-month-old baby. I watched them, including my mother, maternal uncle, nephew and niece burning to ashes while the attackers were watching with delight.”

It was gathered that Shafa’atu and her relatives were deserting the area over incessant attacks by bandits when the incident occurred.

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Remains of burnt relatives buried

Meanwhile, Shafa’atu's uncle who is looking after her in the hospital, said he participated in the burial of the victims.

He said:

“Their remains were brought in two ambulances, we could not differentiate them because they were burnt to ashes. We performed all the funeral rites and buried them according to our religion."

What you should do after attending book launch in Lagos, Shehu Sani advises Buhari

Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to travel to Sokoto to visit the families of the victims of the recent mass killings in the the state after attending a book launch in Lagos.

The former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the eighth Senate also advised the president to travel to Kano to commiserate with the families of the victims of the recent boat mishap in the state.

President Buhari had on Thursday, December 9, visited Lagos to commission naval boats and helicopters and attend the book launch of Chief Bisi Akande, a former chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).


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