Just In: Bandits slaughter 14 people in Sokoto

At least 14 persons have reported been slaughtered in a renewed bandits’ attacked across communities in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto State.

The attackers struck a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari directed the redeployment of more military hardware to the state to tackle insecurity.

A source confirmed the hooligans invaded some villages in Unguwan Lalle district, on Tuesday night, “They killed one Abdullahi Usman at Unguwan Lalle town, nine at Tsangerawa village and four at Tamindawa.

“They again opened fire on a commercial vehicle at Gajid village, resulting in the deaths of three persons, including the driver. Five other passengers, who sustained gunshot injuries, are receiving treatment in a hospital.

He claimed the bandits were also said to have abducted three persons in the village.

Report has it that they later released the victims after an agreement that the locals would pay N2 million levies within few days.

However, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Kamaluddeen Okunlola said the attackers killed eight persons.

The Police Commissioner told journalists that“They attacked some remote villages who are not accessible because of terrible road, but by the Grace of God, we are going to get them. We are working on them.

“Even last night, Mr. President directed for more military equipment to Sokoto,” he said

Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have confirmed the killing of one of their drivers who was part of the rescue mission in Running Sambo area.

“We received a distress call that, some miscreants were attacking one residence in the area and our men responded to the call and, our driver was gunned down,” he said.