He Used To Live With Us: Drama As Residents Identify Bandit Leader As Their Neigbour
- Some residents of Takakume in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State have identified a bandit leader
- According to the residents, the bandit leader used to be one of their former neigbour in the community
- Meanwhile, the bandit was recognised after he was killed by vigilante when he led him members to invade the community
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On Sunday, May 8, residents of Takakume in Goronyo local government area of Sokoto state were shocked to discover that the leader of the gang that attacked the community was their former neighbour.
Armed gang had invaded the community in the early hours of Sunday, but the vigilante engaged them in a fierce battle, leading to the death of the gang leader.
“He was the one leading the attack on the community,” a resident, who craved anonymity, said
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According to the council chairman, Abdulwahab Goronyo, the bandits attacked the community around midnight, killed one person and abducted six.
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“Vigilantes in the area pursued the bandits and in the process killed one of them who was later identified as one of the persons that once resided in the area. He lived with his parents.”
A source said out of annoyance that the their leader was killed during the recent attack, the bandits shot the captives dead.
The source added:
“The bandits, however, shot the abductees to death and their bodies were recovered this morning and buried."
We don't pay ransom to bandits, they use it to buy more arms - Niger state govt
Meanwhile, the Niger state government has debunked the contents of a recent publication circulating in some social media and online platforms.
The article which was published by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, FIJ, alleged that the state government secretly paid ransom to three bandit groups, one of which got N67million, for the release of the abducted commissioner for information.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, April 2, the Niger state commissioner of local government, chieftaincy affairs, and internal security, Emmanuel Umar, described the report as “nothing but a lie from the pit of hell.'
Niger state government makes progress in flushing out terrorists
Recall that over 200 bandits were killed in Niger state between Sunday, February 27, and Tuesday, March 1 in a joint security operation.
Umar told journalists during a press briefing in Minna on Wednesday, March 2 that it was a major victory for the state in its fight against terrorists and bandits.
He said a total of eighty (80) motorcycles were recovered while some cattle were also returned to their owners.