Armed bandits have killed nine police officers including a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Sakaba Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
In a statement on Monday, the Kebbi Police Command spokesman, Nafi’u Abubakar, confirmed the killing of nine of its personnel by bandits.
According to Abubakar, the officers were killed during a gun duel with the bandits on Sunday. He added that two local vigilantes and an unknown number of residents also lost their lives in the bandits’ attack.
“DPO Sakaba, eight other policemen and two ‘yan-sa-kais’ lost their lives during a gun duel with the bandits on Sunday at about 14:30 hours,” Abubakar said.
The bandits were said to have attacked five villages namely Dankolo, Sakaba, Makuku, Dokar Kambari and Kurmin Hodo.
Speaking to newsmen, a resident, Salisu Adamu, said the bandits also carted away some livestock.
“Bandits attacked our villages since around 8:00 a.m. Please we need your prayers,” Adamu said.
“They carted away thousands of cattle from Dankolo, Sakaba, Makuku, Dokar Kambari and Kurmin Hodo villages and many food items as they came with more than 100 motorcycles, well-armed.
“They started shooting sporadically which prompted the village people to flee for safety in different directions.”
Source: Naija News