Armed bandits have attacked some communities in Safana, Danmusa and Dutsinma Local Government Areas of Katsina State in the early morning of Saturday. The armed bandits have killed 47 persons, injured numerous others and destroyed properties worth millions of Naira.
Some locals attributed the attack to a recent Coronavirus relief materials shared to the villagers which the bandits came to seize. It was disclosed that the bandits, during the attacks, were demanding for foodstuff and other items distributed to the villagers.
It was reported by Channels TV that, “the attack on Kurecin Giye village in Dutsinma Local Government Area started started at about 3:00 am and lasted for seven hours while spreading to 10 other villages across the three local councils, thereby forcing residents of the area to relocate.”
This sad development was confirmed by the spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, Gambo Isah who said 47 people were killed in the massive attacks.
“On 18/04/2020 at about 00:30hrs, bandits in their numbers, armed with AK 47 rifles attacked Kurechi village of Danmusa LGA of Katsina state.
“At Kurechin Atai village of Danmusa 14 persons were killled. At Kurechin Giye and Kurechin Dutse villages of Dutsinma LGA of Katsina state bandits killed 4 and 6 persons respectively. And at Makauwachi and Daule villages the hoodlums killed 19 and 4 persons respectively,” the statement partly read.
The police spokesman added that “the villagers summoned courage and chased away the hoodlums. Later the villagers started burning down empty corn stalk to keep their animals safe and to keep the hoodlums at Bay.”
He also disclosed that personnel of the “Police, Nigerian Army, Nigeria Airforce, Civil Defence and DSS have been drafted to the area currently an operation is still ongoing by the combine joint forces.”