The Divisional Police Officer of Sakaba Division of the Nigeria Police Force in Kebbi State,
SP Jimoh Abdullahi and the crime inspector along with seven mopol officers as well as vigilantes and unspecified villagers were killed when dare devil bandits struck in six villages of Dankolo, Sakaba, Makuku, Dokar Kambari and Kurmin Hodo in Sakaba Local Government of Kebbi State.
Confirming the attack, spokesperson of Kebbi State police Command ASP Nafiu Abubakar, on Monday said the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) Jimoh Abdullahi, an Inspector from Sakaba Police Division and seven other Mobile Police (MOPOL) officers were killed following a gun duell with the bandits.
According to him “The DPO mobilized a team around 2:30pm on Sunday, to the villages to neutralize the bandits attacking Makuku and other villages around following a distress call and engaged the bandits in a fierce battle killing many of them but unfortunately lost their lives also.
The PPRO said “Many of the bandits were also killed, but their bodies were carried away by their members”
ASP Abubakar said: “For now I can’t say exactly how many of the villages were killed by the bandits. We are still trying to ascertain that. I will let you know when we have concluded our findings.”
Also speaking Hon. Amadu Abdullahi, Vice Chairman Sakaba Local Government Area, said: “Three vigilante ’Yan Sa Kai, the DPO and Inspector Crime of Sakaba Division and seven MOPOL lost their lives. We are waiting to receive their corpses”
He said the council is mourning ; adding that “we are in a state of apprehension and we are overwhelmed by the number of displaced person fleeing to Dirin Daji, headquarters of Sakaba LG”
Continuing he said “My house alone is fully occupied by displaced persons from these villages”
He appealed to federal and state governments to come to their rescue because of the local government cannot take care of the influx of people to the local government capital alone.
The bandits were reported not to have only fled with bodies of their members killed in the gun duel but also rustled thousands of cattle and carted away food items.
Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah representing Kebbi South, expressed sadness over the incident, describing it as “unfortunate and very disheartening”.
The senator condoled with the affected families, police authorities, the vigilante and villagers who lost their loved ones, livestock and other valuables.
He assured them that the Federal Government and Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu would take all necessary measures to bring to an end the carnage and restore lasting peace in the entire state.