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  • News - North West - Sokoto
  • Updated: April 20, 2024

Sokoto: Six killed in vigilante-bandit confrontation

Sokoto: Six killed in vigilante-bandit confrontation

Six individuals lost their lives in a clash between suspected bandits and local vigilantes, known as Yan Sakai, in the Gada local government area of Sokoto State.

According to a source in the area, the clash erupted when vigilantes sought to avenge the killing of their leader, Alhaji Dahiru, allegedly by a suspected bandit.

Eyewitnesses reported that the conflict began when a leader of the Gidan Hashimu village vigilantes attempted to apprehend a notorious cattle rustler spotted loitering in the market. The move was resisted by a group of Fulani individuals around the market.

Amid the turmoil, suspected bandits shot and killed the vigilante leader, inciting reprisal attacks by members of the vigilante group.

Before the arrival of the police team to the market, more than six individuals were reportedly killed, some sustaining bullet wounds while seeking cover to protect themselves.

The violence escalated as the deputy leader of the vigilantes, who succeeded the slain leader, was also shot and killed at Gidan Jawo village by suspected Fulani assailants.

Provoked by the loss of their leaders, the vigilantes launched reprisal attacks on Fulani communities in the area, resulting in the alleged summary execution of over 50 individuals by the enraged group.

Tensions are high in Gada town, with suspected Fulani individuals vowing to retaliate against the killings. Many Fulani residents have reportedly fled the area to evade potential reprisal attacks.

The bloody confrontation and its origins were also confirmed by Hon Kabiru Gada, a legislator in the State Assembly representing the area. According to him, the incident occurred when a suspected bandit leader was spotted in the Gada market, leading to a confrontation with vigilante leaders that culminated in tragic consequences.

“The report at my disposal shows that many people were killed some with injuries sustained from gunshots fired by both sides some Fulanis and vigilantes lost their lives.”

Another eye witness, Usman Gada, who spoke with our correspondent said the leader had trailed and intercepted the suspect who was in the company of his kinsmen on their way to the local cattle market on Thursday.

The suspect was said to have resisted arrest and in the process brought a knife and stabbed the vigilante leader which led to his death.

“When the news about his death reached his colleagues, they mobilized and stormed the market, killing any Fulani man on sight", a source shared.

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