The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Matazu Local Government Area of Katsina State, Yusha’u Dissi, has been abducted and atleast 18 persons killed by armed bandits who attacked some villages in the State.
The Chairman was kidnapped in Batsari Local Government Area alongside a woman whose identity was yet to be known.
The bandits also killed 15 farmers and three persons including a 12-year-old boy at Yar Gamji, Dan Alhaji, Kandawa and Tsugunni villages in Katsina.
The attacks were carried out late Tuesday on Kadisau, Kabalawa, Kwakware, Unguwar Wahabi, and Raudama, The PUNCH reports.
Residents said the bandits attacked the communities when preparations were being made to observe the Muslims’ evening prayers.
A resident in the council, Hassan Muhammed, said 30 deaths were recorded in Kadisau; nine in Kabalawa; five in Kwakware; three in Unguwar Wahabi, and one in Raudawa.
Muhammed, who is the Personal Assistant to the National Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Umar Tsauri, added that the bandits also rustled some animals.
But when contacted, the spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, Gambo Isah, said 18 people died
Residents of the area disclosed that the farmers were working on their farmland at about 10am when the bandits attacked and killed them.
“They killed about 15 people working on their farms before the raiders rustled an undisclosed number of cattles and stole food items.”
The chairman is still with his abductors at the time of filling this report.
Isah said, “Yesterday (Tuesday), we received a report that armed bandits numbering over 200 attacked Kadisau village of Faskari LGA.
The traditional ruler said the attack happened in the community one year after gunmen attacked and killed at least 18 people in the same district.
Two residents were missing and were feared dead after Monday’s attack, he said.
The police spokesperson in Katsina, Gambo Isah, did not respond to telephone calls.
The attack happened despite ongoing efforts by the authorities to forestall the rampant killing of innocent farmers in the north west state.
On Monday, the chief of army, Tukur Buratai, launched Operation Sahel Sanity in neighbouring Jibia Local Government Area of the state, in a bid to go after the killers.
“We were deliberating with security personnel and other stakeholders at the council headquarters when the gunmen attacked, the soldiers promptly responded and rushed to the area, unfortunately, the bandits fled into the forest,” the traditional ruler said.
“According to the report, the bandits went there with the intention to steal food items and other materials from the villagers. Unfortunately, some groups of youths came out in large numbers and confronted the bandits. The bandits opened fire on innocent souls.
“As of yesterday (Tuesday), 14 were reportedly killed while 26 taken and admitted in the hospital. And this morning (Wednesday), when I spoke with the Area commander of the Funtua Area Command, he told me that four more victims died in the hospital, making the number of fatalities rise to 18.”