President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest killing of tens of people by bandits in Zamfara State, warning that “such wanton disregard for life will be brought to an end sooner than later.”
Over fifty persons were allegedly killed while several others were wounded when bandits invaded over six communities in Zamfara State.
The bandits were said to have carried out the attacks in over six communities in Magami Ward of Gusau Local Government Area and Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Most of the victims of the attack were members of the local vigilante group known as Yansakai keeping watch on their communities.
The affected communities include: Kangon farimana, Ruwan dawa, Yargada, Kunkelai, Yarzaiga, Yar doka Gobirawa, Bayan Banki, and Biyabiki in Gusau and Maru Local Government Areas of the state.
The bandits were said to have stormed the communities early hours of Wednesday and started shooting sporadically in the air to scare the locals before unleashing mayhem
Sources said that members of the vigilante group who attempted to repel the attack were overpowered by the criminals.
The exact figures of the casualties cannot be ascertained as at the time of filing this report but locals said at least 50 persons were killed during the simultaneous attacks.
Police in the state have confirmed the incident but said troops could not reach out to the scene of the attack as they were not informed in good time due to a lack of mobile phone network in the affected areas.