Some unidentified gunmen on Sunday morning, January 17 reportedly attacked and murdered no fewer than eight persons in Zamfara State.
Naija News understands that the gunmen suspected to be bandits raided Janbako, a community in the Maradun Local Government Area of the state during the weekend and killed eight residents.
The aggressive attack was said to be a reprisal following the invasion of a Fulani settlement that led to the gruesome killing of three of the Fulanis by the outlawed “Yansakai” group.
Confirming the report, the state Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said: “On the receipt of the report, the Command quickly responded and deployed a Combine team of PMP/CTU led by the DPO Maradun and the Military who moved down to the village and engaged the bandits who quickly fled and escaped into the forest with possible casualties”.
“At the end of the encounter, eight Villagers were unfortunately discovered to have been killed by the bandits during the attack.
“Corpse of the deceased and those injured were taken to the hospital in Talata Mafara for autopsy and medical treatment”.
The PPRO lamented over the continued operation of members of the outlawed “Yansakai” group despite its proscription by the state government. He Maintained that the outlawed group was still being a nuisance to the peaceful stability of Zamfara State.
On his part, while commiserating with the families of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police Zamfara State, CP Abutu Yaro, assured that the command would investigate the matter and ensure the perpetrators are arrested and prosecuted.
Yaro, however, charged members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands, adding that he would not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons whose action or actions vitiates the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
Naija News reports that the two guards, who were workers at a cemetery belonging to an old generation church in Surulere Area of Ondo town, were arrested on Sunday.