ZAMFARA, Nigeria – The State Police Command has confirmed the death of eight people in an attack by suspected armed bandits on Janbako community of Maradun Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Sunday.
According to the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), SP Mohammed Shehu, the bandits launched an aggressive reprisal attack on Janbako community following the invasion of a Fulani settlement that led to the gruesome killing of three Fulanis by the outlawed “Yansakai” group on Saturday.
“On the receipt of the report, the Command quickly responded and deployed a Combined 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 immediate medical attention.
SP Shehu noted that the attack on Janbako community was aggravated by the continued operation of members of the outlawed “Yansakai” group despite its proscription by the state government, pointing out that the outlawed group is fast becoming a nuisance to the peaceful stability of Zamfara State.
The police spokesman noted that the Commissioner of Police Zamfara State, CP Abutu Yaro while commiserating with the families of the deceased assured that a discreet investigation will be conducted with a view to arresting the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
He said the CP has called on members of the public to desist from self-help as he will not hesitate to deal decisively with any person or group of persons whose action or actions violates the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state.