13 killed, several injured as armed bandits, vigilates clash in Sokoto
– Thirteen persons have been killed in a clash between armed bandits and vigilantes in Sokoto
– The clash reportedly occured after a failed attempt by the bandits to kidnap a men from Dan Tasango
Thirteen persons were killed while several were injured after a clash occurred between some armed bandits and vigilantes on Friday, June 8, Kamarawa-Bafarawa axis in Isa local government area of Sokoto state.
Daily Trust reports that the clash was said to have occurred after a failed attempt by the bandits to kidnap an elderly man at Dan Tasango village in Gebe district last Friday.
The man was said to have resisted their attempts as a result of which the bandits shot him dead.
Irked by the frequent attacks, members of the vigilante group mobilized themselves to trail the bandits. They were however ambushed by the bandits along Kamarawa-Bafarawa axis which resulted to a gun duel.
According to eye witness accounts, the bandits killed seven members of the group and lost five of their men during the battle.
The Public Relation Officer of the Sokoto State Police Command, DSP Cordelia Nwawe, who confirmed the attack, said eight people died, including the elderly man.
According to her, investigation is still ongoing to unravel the perpetrators, adding that the bandits were from the neighbouring Zamfara state.
“The commissioner of police was in the village where he condoled the families of the victims of the attack and assured them of our determination and commitment to fish out the perpetrators and to protect them and other peace loving people of the state against future attacks,” she said.
Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri in his ruling convicted Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi of Demsa local government area of Adamawa state of culpability in the death of Adamu Buba.
The convicts were found guilty of criminal conspiracy and culpable homiciide which contravened Section 96 (1) (a) and Sections 79 and 221 (b) of the Penal Code of Laws of Adamawa State, 1997 by the court.