Bandits hit Sokoto again, kill 25, raid three villages

Bandits hit Sokoto again, kill 25, raid three villages

Rabah, a local government area in Sokoto State which has been experiencing attacks in recent times, has been hit again by bandits with at least 25 peo

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Rabah, a local government area in Sokoto State which has been experiencing attacks in recent times, has been hit again by bandits with at least 25 people getting killed. The attackers also invaded Kalhu, Tsage and Geeri villages near Gandi on Saturday. They reportedly shot from around 5pm on Saturday till Sunday morning, after which they carted away hundreds of cows, sheep and other valuables.

Some of those rendered in the attacks homeless are now taking refuge at an internally displaced persons camp in Gandi. Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto, attended the funeral of the 25 persons on Sunday, alongside heads of security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials, while condoling families of the victims after the burial held at Gandi town.

He pledged that the government would take more measures to end such uncivilized and barbaric attacks, and urged community members to assist security agencies with useful information to track the bandits. Speaking to reporters after the funeral, Ibrahim Kajoe, commissioner of police in the state, said four persons, including an informant who pretended to be a lunatic, had been arrested. Kaoje said a joint security operation was in progress to contain banditry and other crimes in the state.

The latest killings bring to 108 the number of persons who have been killed in the state from 2018 till date. President Muhmmadu Buhari has extended condolences to the people of Sokoto, condemning the attacks. He reiterated that perpetrators and sponsors of such dastardly acts would be held accountable under the law. He also prayed for the quick recovery of all those injured and assures that his administration will not relent in the fight to neutralise terrorists, bandits and kidnappers around the country.