Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting
Suspected bandits have invaded Bungudu Local Government Area in Zamfara State, killing an 82-year-old District Head of Gada Alhaji Umar Bawan Allah and four others.
The palace of the district head, who’s said to have over 30 children and several grandchildren, was burnt during the invasion.
Stonix News further gathered that the suspected bandits also abducted several people including women and children in the area.
Besides the district head’s palace, the suspected armed bandits also reportedly set many other houses and vehicles on fire including those of the District head’s.
An indigene of the town, Makau Mohammed, told journalists how the attack was executed.
He said during the attack, some of the bandits went into the town, while others laid ambush by the roadsides to ensure that nobody escaped from the village.
“The bandits came to the town in large number and blocked all the roads leading to the town and started shooting sporadically.
“They spent several hours in the town, where they searched many houses, took away several items including foodstuffs and money and abducted many people.
“Our District head was killed by the bandits; he was shot dead by the bandits because he resisted the attempt to abduct him,” Mohammed further disclosed.
He said the bandits later set the district head’s palace on fire as well as several items including his two vehicles.
Meanwhile, while addressing journalists on Wednesday evening at the state Police Command headquarters in Gusau, the Commissioner of Police, CP Ayuba Elkana, said a tactical team has been deployed to the affected town to track the fleeing bandits.
Already, CP Elkana said the police tactical team has rescued nine kidnapped victims, adding that security operatives were working to ensure the rescue of other victims.
“Nine kidnapped victims were rescued by the tactical team while effort is ongoing to apprehend the assailants and rescue other victims,” he noted.