Tension As Bandits Storm Plateau Community, 40 Reportedly Killed

Tension As Bandits Storm Plateau Community, 40 Reportedly Killed

  • About 40 people have been reportedly killed as bandits raided a community in Plateau state on Monday
  • A youth leader in Bashar District LGA of the state, Sahpi’i Sambo, confirmed the troubling development to journalists and shared further details
  • However, the state police command is yet to give an official statement regarding the attack that has sacked many from the affected community

Legit.ng journalist Esther Odili has over two years of experience covering political parties and movements.

Wase, Plateau state - An emerging report has it that bandits in their numbers reportedly attacked Zurak village in Bashar District of Wase local government area of Plateau state, killing more than 40 persons, including vigilantes.

Plateau community raided by bandits in fresh attack
Bandits killed 40 people in fresh attack in Plateau state led by Governor Caleb Mutfwang. Photo credit: Caleb Mutfwang
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Residents of the community disclosed that the incident occurred on Monday evening when people were going about their everyday activities.

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As reported by Daily Trust on Tuesday, May 21, the residents said they could not immediately report the incident to the nearest police station due to the poor communication network in the area.

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Sahpi’i Sambo, a youth leader in the area, confirmed the incident and said the bandits arrived at the community on motorcycles – two on a bike – with sophisticated weapons and started shooting sporadically.

“More than 40 people were killed while many injured. Residents of the village have fled to neighbouring communities for cover. As of yesterday, security personnel had not yet arrived at the community. It was deadly,” Sambo said.

Hamza, a resident of the area, confirmed to The Nation that Zurak village has long been plagued by banditry.

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Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, is yet to release an official statement at the time of this report.

Police kill deadly bandit leader in Sokoto

In another development, Legit.ng reported that the Sokoto state police command killed a suspected notorious bandit and kidnap kingpin, Bello Hantsi, also known as Mai Dubu-Dubu.

The bandit leader met his Waterloo following a coordinated onslaught by the operatives of the anti-kidnapping unit in conjunction with the divisional police officer (DPO) of the Kware division, who mobilised in search of the suspect.

The state police spokesman, Ahmad Rufai, indicated that the slain terrorist was the mastermind and provider of arms and ammunition to five previously apprehended kidnapping suspects.

Proofreading by Nkem Ikeke, journalist and copy editor at Legit.ng.

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Esther Odili (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Esther Odili is a journalist and a Politics/Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng with 6+ years of experience. Before joining Legit.ng, Esther has worked with other reputable media houses, such as the New Telegraph newspaper and Galaxy Television. She Holds OND and HND in Mass Communication from NIJ, where she was recognized as the best student in print journalism in 2018. Email: esther.odili@corp.legit.ng.

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