The traders were ambushed by the bandits while travelling back from Ngalda market.
The Yobe Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the killing of 18 traders by bandits in Bara Village.
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Sanusi Rufai, told journalists that the traders were ambushed by the bandits while travelling back from Ngalda market.
“The bandits attacked and killed 18 traders; 10 from Kukuwa and eight from Dokshi villages’ and took away their money.
“The bandits were masked and wearing army uniform”, he said.
Mr. Rufai said that a policeman attached to a quarry in Bara Village was also shot dead by the fleeing bandits.
“The Joint Task Force and police are now combing the bush and security agents across the state are on red alert”, he said.
He stressed that the police was rebuilding confidence among the communities to volunteer information to security operatives.
The commissioner said that “bandits now parade themselves as Boko Haram to induce fear in people.”