A woman, who survived the terrorists’ attack that led to the deaths of many passengers, in Sokoto state on Monday, including eight of her relatives has also succumbed to death.
The 30 year old woman died at Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, where she was being treated from the injuries sustained during the attack.
A commercial vehicle heading to Kaduna en route to the southern part of the country came under attack along Sabon Birni-Isa road in Sokoto.
The woman simply identified as Shafa’atu said the bandits opened fire on the vehicle, forcing it to somersault.
She said after it exploded, the armed men stood back to watch the victims die.
According to Daily Trust, she narrated that there were 33 elderly persons and many children in the vehicle when it was attacked by armed men believed to be loyal to Bello Turji, a notorious bandits’ kingpin terrorising the eastern part of Sokoto.
“They kept firing at our vehicle until it somersaulted three times and burst into flames. Only myself and one other passenger miraculously came out of the bus but the other passenger later died from gunshot injuries,” she revealed.
“I lost my four children, three girls who were grown up and my 10-month-old baby. I watched them, including my mother, maternal uncle, nephew and niece burning to ashes while the attackers were watching with delight.”
The woman too, has finally died.
Bandits and other terrorists operating in the Northern part of Nigeria have regained their lost confidence and boldly carrying out attacks in Sokoto, Kaduna Abuja road and Maiduguri, Borno State.
However, the presidency has in a continued trend condemned the attack, vowed to not let these continue.
According to a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the dispatch of a high-level delegation, made up of the heads of the nation’s intelligence and security services, to Sokoto and Katsina states in response to the recent spike in bandit activities.
The statement reads: “The President is expecting an immediate situation report and recommendations on actions to follow to effectively deal with the worrying situation.”
The statement said the delegation led by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (Rtd) is made up of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba; the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi; the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major General Samuel Adebayo.