No fewer than 27 persons, including a policeman, were killed by armed robbers during a raid on Dangulbi, Biya, Guru and Sabuwar Kasuwa villages in the Dansadau Emirate of Zamfara state in the early hours of Monday.
News Agency of Nigeria quoted an a witness, Lawalli Dangulbi, as telling reporters at the Gusau Specialist Hospital that pandemonium broke out in the village in the wake of the robbers’ reign of terror on residents.
According to Mr. Dangulbi, by the time the confusion settled following the assault by the armed assailants, who were shooting sporadically as they invaded the community, about 18 persons were declared dead.
Mr. Dangulbi, who is the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) chairmanship candidate for Maru Local Government Area in the Local Government Council polls scheduled for later this month in the state, said the other dead bodies were discovered in neighbouring villages of Biya, Guru and Sabuwar Kasuwa.
The party stalwart said that he and some other villagers managed to carry eight wounded persons from the scene of the attack to a hospital located over 100 kilometres from the state capital, Gusau for treatment.
The Zamfara State Commissioner of Police, Usman Gwary, was however, not available for comments.
The commissioner was said to have travelled to the scene of the crime with the state’s Acting Governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, to see things for themselves, sympathise with the people and attend the mass burial of the victims organized by the various communities.
The state Command’s Public Relations Officer, Sanusi Amiru, who confirmed the incident, refused to give further details.
It was gathered that the attack might have been a reprisal action by the armed bandits, who were reportedly ambushed by security operatives and vigilante groups in the emirate when they went for an operation in the area recently.
The attackers reportedly went away without taking anything from their victims during the attack.
To bolster the effort of security operatives and groups to combat the rising insecurity in the area, the state governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari, last month made a donation of operational vehicles and communications gadgets to security operatives in the area, bringing the number of such vehicles to 74.
The vehicles were donated in a bid to combat armed robbery and other criminal activities in the state.