Banditry: District head, APC chairman killed in Katsina




Police IG Mohammed Adamu

The Police in katsina has confirmed the killing of the district head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku by armed bandits.

Gambo Isah, SP, the state command’s Public Relations Officer stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Katsina on Monday.

He said on 31st, at about 11:55hrs, bandits in their numbers, armed with AK 47 rifles, attacked the residence of the district head of Yantumaki, Danmusa LGA of Katsina state, shot him and his security guard, one Gambo Chakau and escaped into the forest. 

He said the victims were taken to Danmusa General Hospital where the former was confirmed dead while the later was admitted and responding to treatment.

 He said investigation is ongoing.

In a related development, gunmen suspected to be bandits have shot and killed the All Progressive Congress (APC) chairman of Batsari council area of Katsina state, Alhaji Abdulhamid Mamman.

Mammam was killed Sunday afternoon, at about 2:45pm, after the gunmen besieged Sabon Garin Dunburawa village, where he resides.

The source revealed that, the gunmen entered his home with the intention of abducting him and some of his family members, an action which he resisted.

The source added that, it was while the deceased was showing resistance that the gunmen shot and killed him.

His body, it was learnt, has been deposited at the General Hospital in Batsari, with sources saying he might be buried later Sunday evening.

The state has seen recent upsurge in activities of bandits, especially in council areas sharing border with the dreaded Rugu forest.

About 14 local government areas had in recent months, witnessed activities of gunmen, most of whom are suspected to be bandits.

The bandits’ mode of operation is to kill, maim and abduct hapless residents for ransom, rape women, rustle domestic animals and cause other evil havocs, including setting food stores and villages ablaze.

Some two days ago, bandits had attacked close to four villages in Sabuwa and Faksari council areas, where they reportedly killed over a dozen people.

In one of the villages, they raped a woman and poured battery acid on her private part, with the woman said to be battling for her life in the hospital.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari has been giving assistance to the army and the police in fighting banditry activities in the state. He requested for special prayers from people across the state against the bandits.

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