The Zamfara State Government has closed the market in Maru after yet-to-be-identified gunmen reportedly killed four people in the region.
A local resident, Mohammed Bawa, stated that the Emir of Maru, Abubakar Maigari, narrowly escaped when the bandits raided his palace.
However, he stated that one of the emir's guards lost his life during the attack, and several others sustained injuries. He also added that the bandits also inflicted damage on the emir's vehicles with multiple gunshots.
Bawa further explained that the bandits returned to the town on Thursday in search of the Emir. Unable to locate him, they proceeded to go from house to house, resulting in the tragic deaths of four people.
"The bandits invaded the Emir's palace and opened fire indiscriminately in an attempt to kill the Emir, but he escaped.
"They killed one of the palace guards and damaged all the vehicles in that place.
"The bandits also returned to the town last night, and when they could not see the Emir again, they moved from house to house looking for him, and in the process, they killed four people.
"Their funeral prayers have been conducted today, Friday, according to Islamic injunction", he said.
Meanwhile, the state government has announced the closure of the popular Maru market for fear that the bandits could attack the people today, Friday being the market day.
In a statement, the state commissioner for information, Munnir Haidara, said, "Following the security situation in Maru town, the state government has closed down the Maru market until the security situation is improved.
"The Executive Governor of the State, Dauda Lawal, is sympathising with the families of those who lost their lives during the bandit attack last Thursday night."