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  • Updated: May 27, 2024

Police confirm bandits invasion of Katsina communities, kill 11 residents

Police confirm bandits invasion of Katsina communities, kill

The Bakori Local Government Area Police Command in Katsina State has stated that bandits who attacked three communities in the area killed eleven people. 

Abubakar Sadiq-Aliyu, the state police public relations officer, revealed this in a statement released in Katsina on Sunday.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sadiq-Aliyu was responding to a report that said the intruders had slain forty persons.

“We are aware of a misleading report making the rounds, especially on Facebook, that bandits attacked three villages in Bakori and killed 40 people.

“The command wishes to categorically debunk this claim as misleading, and set the record straight.

“On May 25, 2024, bandits launched an attack on Unguwar Lamido village in Bakori where they shot and killed 11 people.

“The Divisional Police Officer in Bakori, on receiving the information, quickly mobilised operatives and rushed to the scene where they successfully restored normalcy and prevented further losses,” he explained.

He advised the public to ignore the erroneous story and issued a caution against spreading unconfirmed information.

He urged the public to always confirm information through official channels before disseminating it, as the dissemination of erroneous information may unnecessarily incite stress, fear, and panic.

He cited A. A. Musa, the state's commissioner of police, as expressing sympathy to the victims' friends and families and denouncing the attack.

“The commissioner has also ordered a thorough investigation into the incident and deployed additional personnel to ensure the arrest of the perpetrators.

“The Commissioner has also urged anyone with useful information that will assist the investigation to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“The investigation is ongoing; the command is working closely with relevant stakeholders and members of the community to identify and apprehend those responsible for the attack,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a series of successful operations on May 22, 2024, the Nigerian Armed Forces Combat Team One, in collaboration with the Nigerian Police Force and the Katsina Community Watch Corps, neutralised one insurgent and rescued 18 kidnapped people in Katsina State.

According to a reputable military source cited by the Daily Post, the first clearance operation took place at 10:30 a.m., in response to intelligence reports of rebel activity around the Maidabino River Line and Kanawa settlements.

Combat Team One then fought a group of rebels discovered with stolen cattle. The militants opened fire on the military, but the soldiers responded with superior firepower. One insurgent was neutralised, and others fled with bullet wounds.

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